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93 16 PROFILE Cristina Heaney has grown a small business into a major provider for emergency medical services at most major events in San Antonio.

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20 GAME CHANGERS Three women are breaking the glass ceiling for women in male dominated careers in San Antonio.

52 WOMEN IN BUSINESS We found four Alamo City women under 40 who are blazing their own trail to success in business.

37 The Dossier: Plastic Surgery 61

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67 Alzehimer’s Association

93 HILL COUNTRY WOMAN This new section focuses on the women in the surrounding Texas Hill Country. This issue New Braunfels

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Aquila Mendez-Valdez is one of the pre-eminent authorities on fashion blogging and consulting in San Antonio. She launched Haute in Texas as a personal blog in 2011, and it has since grown into a community of like-minded women in pursuit of the haute life. In addition, she lends her expertise to a variety of clients across the fashion, lifestyle and retail industries. A passionate writer and social media enthusiast, she has partnered with an array of brands, including Vogue, Prada, H&M and Keds, among others. But perhaps her greatest honor is her role as wife to her husband, Orlando, and mother to her two daughters, Cora and Issa. 10 |





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NORTHPARK LEXUS UNVEILS THEIR 2018 LS AND RXL MODELS On April 12, 2018, Northpark Lexus of San Antonio and Northpark Lexus at Dominion unveiled their new model vehicles at the Mayes Center at the Witte Museum in what was certainly one of the most spectacular and impressive events of the year for our area.

ARON RALSTON INSPIRES SAINT MARY’S HALL STUDENTS TO PERSEVERE In April, the Saint Mary's Hall (SMH) community welcomed American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker Aron Ralston as part of the school’s Betty and Bob Kelso Speaker Series. SMH senior Drake L. had the unique opportunity to interview Aron before his presentation and ask him to share, one-on-one, details of his extraordinary story. Drake, his first year at SMH, said, “When I heard about Mr. Ralston’s visit, I knew it would be a one-of-kind presentation that would resonate with our student body.” Following his talk, Aron held a book signing where students could chat and take photos with the still avid outdoorsman and advocate for wilderness protection. In 2003, Aron, an experienced climber, was canyoneering in a remote location in Utah when he became trapped between two boulders for more than five days. He freed himself by severing his own arm with a pocketknife. 127 Hours, the major-motionpicture adaptation of his book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was nominated for six Oscars. Aron shared with Upper School students his gripping story of courage, perseverance, and the power of the human spirit when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. He also imparted the lessons he discovered about the importance of examining one’s priorities and outlook on life, and how he found an appreciation for the value of relationships in overcoming challenges. He related to students by stressing that the will to love was crucial to the human experience. Aron encouraged students to open their arms to their “boulders” in life and let them be blessings from which they can learn and grow. Thanks to the support of Betty and Bob Kelso, SMH is able to invite distinguished, special-guest speakers to campus each year to visit with students. The mission of the Betty and Bob Kelso Speaker Series is to provide students with opportunities to learn from and interact with leaders from outside the SMH community. To learn more about the Kelso Speaker Series and past presenters, visit

PEARL PRESENTING A SUMMER OF SPAIN CELEBRATION HONORING SAN ANTONIO’S TRICENTENNIAL AND ITS SPANISH HERITAGE Pearl is excited to announce Olé, San Antonio, a summer-long program celebrating San Antonio's Spanish heritage in commemo14 |

ration of the city's 300th anniversary. Olé will be held from June 15 through September 15 and will feature events and activities related to four main pillars: gastronomy, music & dance, arts, and architecture. Acknowledging the shared past and looking toward the future, all events will have as a common thread an intercambio (exchange) and collaboration between the cultures of Spain and San Antonio, creating experiences and memories completely unique to Olé. The entire Pearl neighborhood will come together with restaurants featuring Spanish menus and chef collaboration dinners, retailers featuring specially curated Spanish items, activations in Pearl Park, and much more. “Our intention with creating Olé was to acknowledge our 300 years of history with Spain and to create a truly monumental celebration that people will cherish and remember for the rest of their lives,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, chief marketing officer for the Pearl. “We want to bring the entire city together, along with our friends from Spain, for a collaboration that can only happen in this special Tricentennial year.” For more information on Pearl, please visit

PAULA DEEN’S FAMILY KITCHEN OPENS IN THE RIM Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen opened in the Rim 17907 Interstate 10 West, April 30th . Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen combines Southern hospitality with classic Deen Family recipes brought straight to the table, including favorites such as Paula’s Southern Fried Chicken, Spare Ribs, and Georgia Fried Catfish. Meals are served “family style” and guests can order endless portions of Southern-style entrees, side dishes and desserts. “I have taken my favorite recipes and brought them to life in an atmosphere that feels just like my own home,” said Deen. “When you come in and are taken to your table, the first thing you’re gonna get is biscuits and sweet potato butter that’ll make your tongue wanna slap your brains out.” The grand Opening and ribbon cutting is planned for 10am Saturday June 2nd at the restaurant. Mrs. Deen will be in town for book signings on June 1 and 2. The times will be announced later. Check for up-dates on Facebook or The Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen web site.



Cristina Heaney

From Band-Aids to Political Influence,

EMBODIES LEADERSHIP By Dawn Robinette Photography By David Teran

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Whether it’s at the Alamodome, the Convention Center, the River Walk, The Pearl, a park or a fun run, if you’ve ever been at an event in San Antonio and found yourself in need of medical help — or just in need of a Band-Aid — you’ve most likely been treated by a capable emergency medical technician from U.S. Safety Services. “We’ve probably given out a warehouse full of Band-Aids to women who come to events in heels,” laughs Cristina Heaney, CEO and owner of the company.

rom simple bandages to basic and advanced life support coverage, U.S. Safety Services provides EMTs for the majority of community sports and entertainment facilities in the city, as well as temporary medical staffing for corporate and manufacturing settings throughout Central and South Texas. What Heaney refers to as her “specialized staffing service” includes providing medical first responders for conventions, corporate functions, parades, Fiesta, farmers markets, sporting events and more. It’s not a service industry that’s well known, but one that serves a vital role. “We’re a unique business. We provide the EMT, the supplies, we have insurance, we operate under a medical director,” explains Heaney, meaning that businesses and events that hire U.S. Safety Services don’t have to cover those specialty needs themselves. Heaney jumped into business ownership after a successful corporate and nonprofit career, taking the plunge and purchasing a small San Antonio business from a local fireman and his wife. “They ran the business out of their home and wanted to sell,” she explains. The opportunity seemed like a good fit and gave her the chance to spend more time in San Antonio after years of being on the road as a consultant. But not everything was what it seemed. “I purchased a monster of a company that was out of compliance and didn’t carry the insurance that they should have at the time,” she says. “I had to take a business that was being operated out of a shoebox and bring it to a professional level. It was like the Titanic. You don’t know what’s under the surface that you can’t see.” In spite of the work it took, Heaney keeps things in perspective and urges others to do the same, explaining, “What might have looked like a huge, big thing six years ago or two years ago, it doesn’t look like that now. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.” Heaney also stresses that you have to weather the inevitable ups and downs, like losing clients or contracts: “You might lose something that you

think is substantial to your company, but a lot of times it’s a blessing in disguise.” Based on her experience, she also emphasizes that others interested in business ownership should look before they leap. “Doing your due diligence is important to any new business owner or someone purchasing or starting a business. Even when you’ve done all of your homework, there can still be surprises. “If I knew then what I know now, I probably wouldn’t have ever chosen that [buying the company], but it’s my baby. You can’t give your babies back, and I couldn’t give this business back,” Heaney says with a smile. “I got into this

company that I knew absolutely nothing about. Now I sleep it, I eat it, I drink it, I dream it, I talk about it. It has been a wild ride.” Part of that wild ride included expanding her areas of expertise. Along with developing standard operating procedures and building the company’s infrastructure, one of the challenges Heaney faced was proving herself to both the employees and clients. To help with that, she decided to become an EMT. After getting her BBA and MBA while working full time, she thought getting her EMT certification would be a breeze. “I wasn’t even CPR-certified. I’m not sure what I was thinking,” she says. She immersed herself in an intensive, month-long EMT boot camp — and a lot of studying, training and tears — then passed the national registry exam and rolled up her sleeves. “I worked all of the events — AT&T Center, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, you name it,” she recalls. That meant she could be driving home from an event at 2 a.m., then heading into the office early the next morning. It also meant being involved in a number of life and death situations — and being karate kicked by an intoxicated fan after a Spurs game. Then there’s the glamorous side of the job: She’s also been thrown up on numerous times. But she gained the respect of both her clients and her employees, many of whom are still with U.S. Safety Services today. Thanks to Heaney’s tireless efforts and dedication, the company is now a state-certified first responder, with 85 employees offering contract medical services and first-aid coverage for businesses and high-profile events. The nature of the industry means that her doors never close. “We work 365 days a year, evenings, weekends, holidays — it’s an enormous amount of work,” she explains. Hard work is nothing new to Heaney. She and her four brothers were raised on the family’s cattle ranch outside of San Antonio. Although she says she wanted for nothing, she was taught to work hard, a lesson that has served her well. “I attribute so much of my success to the way I was brought up,” she says, and lists her mother, who works for U.S. Safety Services a few hours a week, as her inspiration. Heaney was able to take a step back — or really forward, taking on a broader role and delegating more of the operational details to her staff, may/june 2018 | 17



U.S. Safety Services uses specially equipped vehicles for urgent care response. Pictured are Cristina Heaney, CEO, and her husband, Jim Heaney, President,(standing) along with husband and wife team, Ian Coon, Operations Director and Sally Coon, Office Manager.

to embrace the true CEO and owner role once her husband, Jim, came to work for her following his retirement from a 35-year career in banking. “We’re together all the time now. And I love it. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she says. She counts Jim, who urged her to buy the business, as her biggest cheerleader: “He wants to see me be more successful than he is. He really is my pillar of strength.” Jim also encouraged her to join the National Association of Women Business Owners. Heaney was deeply involved in the community during her corporate career, serving on the board of directors for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, participating in the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Programs, and volunteering with a number of nonprofits, but she’d become so busy at U.S. Safety Services that she’d stepped back from her involvement. She wasn’t sure that the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) was a fit. “I have an issue with people who think they are entitled because they are a woman or a minority. I want the same opportunities as others, but I don’t want something just because I’m a woman or a minority,” she explains, noting that her maiden name is Morales. But after one meeting, she was hooked. She joined, then ultimately became the president of the San Antonio chapter. She now serves on NAWBO’s national board of directors and has been asked to serve on the organization’s executive board. She also serves on the Leadership 18 |

Council for the National Federation of Independent Business. Heaney believes the time commitment is more than worth it and stresses that no matter what organization you join, “it’s what you put into it. You’ve got to have some skin in the game. You have to get involved. It is what you make of it,” she says. Heaney is also quick to point out the benefits of a professional organization. “It’s not about networking as much as it is relationship building. If you join to get business, it’s the wrong reason to join. You join for education, to gain those relationships. You never know when it’s going to be good to know this person or that person. Maintaining those relationships, maintaining connections to people who are like-minded or who support your group is so important, ” she believes.

You’re constantly setting yourself up for improvement or advancement by listening.

Her involvement with NAWBO has pulled her into the world of public policy. NAWBO and NFIB partner on public policy, and Heaney is a part of that effort. “Both NAWBO and NFIB offer nonpartisan ways to get our stories to our legislators. They look for candidates that are pro-small business,” she explains. She’s had the opportunity to meet with legislators to share stories of her small business and advocate pro-small business positions on issues ranging from health care to regulatory reform. Her public policy involvement also includes an appointment to Texas’ Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force. The task force

Cristina credits part of her success to inspiration from her family. Above from left to right, Cristina Heaney, husband Jim Heaney, and her parents, Pete and Loretta Morales.

advises and assists the Office of Small Business Assistance with its duties related to small businesses, advising and assisting the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house with small business-related issues. Bridging to her NAWBO service, she’s working with the governor’s office to start a NAWBO chapter in Austin. “He wants Texas to be a leading environment for women business owners. Right now, we’re number two behind California,” she explains. Today’s divisive political climate is not one that she enjoys. She loves working with people and building relationships and wants things to be more positive. “I want everyone to play well together. From a politics standpoint, from a friendship and relationship standpoint, family dynamics, organizational dynamics — we can all maintain a level of professionalism, and we can all work together if we give everyone the opportunity to do that,” she notes. Heaney is refreshingly honest and open and obviously not afraid to speak her mind: “I’m an open book … I’m probably too honest or say things I shouldn’t. But that’s who I am. It works for me.” She believes that whether you’re working with a board, members of an organization or your employees, “you have to empower the people you surround yourself with. Even if you’re the president, you have to empower your employees, fellow board members or members. You have to be a team player,” she says. “If you’re the leader, all you can do is lead and direct and put a good team together, no matter what scenario you’re in.” With all that’s on her plate, it might seem hard to believe that

Heaney fits in down time, but she does. “It’s difficult when you start out, but you’re got to make sure you take care of yourself,” she explains. She emphasizes that managing stress is also important and tough to do in a high-stress industry. “Over time, your skin thickens. Over time, you just become stronger. You have to maintain calmness, which was hard for me at first. “I had to learn not to sweat the small stuff because there’s a lot of small stuff that I used to make a huge thing out of.” Now she compartmentalizes more. “I really try to separate myself from work. My home is my sanctuary. “I love to keep up a home. I love to entertain, and I love to cook,” she explains, though she doesn’t get to as often as she’d like, thanks to her schedule and the nature of her industry. “Being in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning, is my therapy.” She also proudly admits an affection for British television, noting that she loves BBC and Acorn TV. “Though I still can’t enjoy a ‘spot of tea’ because it’s just too hot,” she says, laughing. The frequent traveler enjoys exploring, but no matter what sights she sees or experiences she enjoys, she’s always happy to be back in San Antonio.

I’m passionate about San Antonio. When you come home, it’s home. I love our city.

So don’t be surprised if she hands you a Band-Aid the next time you need to cover a blister at the Alamodome. may/june 2018 | 19


Local Women Break the Glass Ceiling

game changers

of Nontraditional Careers

There are over 100 occupations the

U.S. Department of Labor defines as

nontraditional for women, career fields

in which 25 percent or less of employees are female. Women are increasingly

pursuing more nontraditional careers,

By Iris Gonzalez Photography by David Teran

especially in business and finance, science and technology, military and law

enforcement and advanced manufacturing. The challenges women face when seeking

nontraditional employment opportunities vary depending on the job, field and

sector. These women share how they

approached their career choices in order to excel in their chosen field. 20 |


Marsha Hendler has worked in not one, but three nontraditional careers. The Texas native, born and raised in Temple, moved to San Antonio in 1985 for her undergraduate degree in hotel hospitality and management, working after graduation in the hotel industry at places like La Mansion del Rio. For her second career, Hendler started Marketing Plus and consulted for the hospitality industry. As the Eagle Ford Shale boom hit Texas, Hendler’s marketing firm grew as she picked up many new clients, including ones in the exploding Texaa oil industry. As she learned about the oil business by representing operators and service companies, Hendler was intrigued and soon found herself applying for her operator’s license. The energetic Texan launched her third career after she obtained her license in 2011 from the Texas Railroad Commission and became a bonded operator. Hendler now runs TerraFina Energy, the largest woman-owned independent oil company in Texas, with projects in Frio, DeWitt and Live Oak Counties. She also serves as managing partner for SMR Energy Partners. As CEO of TerraFina Energy, Hendler is a licensed oil operator and producer of hydrocarbons in the state of Texas. TerraFina offers direct investment opportunities to investors and contracts operations for qualified groups. “I learned that most of the guys had gotten money from leasing property to oil wells, but they didn’t know if they would be able to get returns long term,” Hendler said. “The advice I got was to become an operator and learn this business to understand the investment opportunities even better.” For Hendler, there is no typical workday. She handles the complex paperwork required to operate oil fields in Texas, everything from oil leases to drilling permits. Once the oil well is producing, Hendler takes over writing and filing required monthly reports with the Railroad Commission and sending checks to the well royalty owners and investors. “I do everything that leads up to the day we go into the field, and when that day comes, the fellas take over because they have the scientific background for that,” Hendler said. “Once the well is producing, I handle all the documentation and finances.” Hendler is forming a new entity, TerraFina

Energy Partners, to function as the financial Her advice for women contemplating a cabackbone of TerraFina, enabling the company reer as an oil operator is to start younger, given to take on more energy projects. Field engithe changeable nature of the oil industry. neer Ronnie Laird and geologist Scott Payn are on the board of directors for TerraFina “This is high-stakes gambling, and Energy but are not partners. Hendler is while I don’t regret having done it, the sole full-time employee of TerraFina I wish I did it earlier in my life,” Energy, as she subcontracts employees Hendler said. “It’s risky to do this so and expertise as needed for each project. close to retirement, but I love it. Of the three industries Hendler has My life has changed so much.” worked in, she finds the oil industry the most challenging. “It has so many moving parts that it is Hendler enjoys her time in the oil fields harder than managing a hotel and so different,” and has gotten nothing but respect and supHendler said. “The process of getting leases report from the men. quires dealing with families and money, which “I went from wearing Manolo Blahnik can be tricky. Once you start working in a field, shoes to a pair of work boots and jeans,” there’s the unpredictability of the weather and Hendler said. “Give a woman the right pair of how a well is going to perform.” shoes, and she can accomplished anything.” may/june 2018 | 21


game changers

Nancy Sanford,

CHIEF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION, BEXAR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Nancy Sanford excelled in track and field as a student — she was a four-year member of Purdue University’s track and cross-country program. Born in Abington, Pa., and raised in West Palm Beach, Fla., she developed a keen interest in law enforcement after a high school internship she took with the West Palm Beach Police Department. Sanford tried her hand at retirement in 2015, volunteering as a track team coach. When Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar asked her to join the Bexar County Sheriff ’s Office, she did not hesitate to leave retirement behind and agreed. She has been their deputy chief of criminal investigations division since January 2017. Sanford is no stranger to the Alamo City, as she worked with the San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff ’s Office on various drug cases over the years. The law enforcement career veteran spent over three decades with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a special agent, working in San Antonio during most of her career. “I’ve learned it’s important to work well with others and be a team player — it’s a lesson learned that is applicable in any career field,” Sanford said. “Networking with others in my field is what got me this job opportunity.” When Sanford started her career in the 1980s, it was a different time for women in law enforcement. She estimates that at that time DEA probably had only 5 percent female agents, but emphasizes the overall composition is much better now. Her advice for women considering a career in law enforcement is to “stay strong and stick with it.”

“You still need to prove yourself, put in the time and be engaged by taking ownership. A strong work ethic will make all the difference in your career.”

Sanford also stresses the need to surround yourself with capable people who share your same level of passion, which can make a big difference in the challenging yet rewarding field of law enforcement. 22 |

“I delegate to the lieutenants and sergeants I have chosen carefully over the past year,” Sanford said. “These people possess high standards and are dedicated to service to our community, reflected in how we approach each case and take care of the victims.” Sanford points to the multidisciplinary team approach the Bexar County Sheriff ’s Office uses in partnering with numerous nonprofit organizations to better help victims and prevent crime. The Sheriff ’s Office has joined different task forces working with federal and state law enforcement to leverage its efforts.

The deputy chief could have followed her dad into athletics, and for years she did, exceling in track and cross-country events. When it comes to choosing a career, she gives her own daughter the same advice Sanford’s father gave her: “Find something that you love to do and you’ll make a living at it.” “If you’re considering a career in law enforcement, research the opportunities to find that something that fits your skills and gives you the opportunity to be passionate about your life’s work,” Sanford said. “Whether you’re 20 or 50, you have to find your passion in life.”

Mona Helmy,


When she was 14, Mona Helmy’s father moved the family from Syria to the U.S. Her father had three brothers, with one each living in New York City, Detroit and San Antonio. “My father visited all three cities and chose San Antonio,” Helmy said. “I love it here; it’s our home, and I would never dream of going anywhere else.” Helmy got into the business of advanced plastics manufacturing 30 years ago. She and her husband, Ibrahim Helmy, met when they were architecture students attending UTSA. He had developed a patent for a novel landscape system made from plastic, but they could not find a manufacturer to produce the forms needed. The couple bought one thermoforming machine, leased a 6,000-square-foot building and hired two part-time employees to start their business. “We decided to start a plastics manufacturing company knowing the challenges from ob-

Working with their team of talented designers, precision toolmakers and meticulous operators, the couple transformed Helmy into a plastic-forming industry leader. The plastic parts are designed and tooled in-house, giving the company unlimited creativity. Mona served as the company’s vice president until her husband died in 2009. Since then, she has been leading Helmy as its CEO. The company now operates with 12 full-time employees out of a 45,000-square-foot facility located in northwest San Antonio. “Thermal forming companies either do thin-gauge or heavy-gauge plastic, but we are unique because we do both, as well as all our design and tooling in-house,” Helmy said. “Our production facility is centrally located. which makes us a strategic shipping point to anywhere in the U.S.” Her advice for women considering a career in advanced manufacturing? Make connections with others and maintain a work-life balance. “I should have started networking for my business sooner because it would have helped me become a better leader for my company earlier,” Helmy said. “You have to build your business, but you also need to build your life as well — your family, your place in the community as a contributing member, and your health and well-being. Young people often put their lives on hold because they are building their business, but you need to strike a balance.” Helmy is actively involved in promoting the manufacturing industry in the San Antonio area as well as the U.S. producers organization, Made in the USA. She is an active member in the San Antonio Manufacturing Association, the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Antonio chapter, and others. Helmy won the San Antonio Business Journal 2014 Business Women’s Leadership Award and recently won the 2018 NAWBO Business Woman Owner of the Year award.

serving our parents with their businesses but also aware of the potential rewards,” Helmy said. “Our business had everything we loved — design, challenge and leadership, which fulfilled us both.” The Helmys started making their own line of landscaping plastics, then added a line of home improvement plastic items. By 1992, the company branched into manufacturing for the medical industry after a local medical company commissioned them to design housing for a blood pressure machine. They started making thinner plastics, such as blister clamshell containers and disposable “I believe integrity and innovation are medical trays for the medical, retail essential to a business owner’s success. and food industries. Both these characteristics help set your “We started in the custom manbusiness apart from your competitors. ufacturing of heavy-gauge plastics,” It’s helped differentiate Helmy as a Helmy said. “We added thin-gauge leading plastic forming company.” plastics after we discovered there is no one in San Antonio doing this.”

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at home

Bucolic Life in the Heart of the City

Anchoring the living room, a Chesterfield upholstered in Prussian blue velvet provides reading room for a collection of books. French doors lead to a covered porch.

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By John G. Bloodsworth

Photography by Al Rendon

pon entering a hand wrought, rustic iron gate set into a stone

wall covered with ivy and

blooming vines, the harried pace of the

outside world slowly melts away. Vicki and John Boyce’s charming 1926 two-

story stucco home is nestled amongst

mature oak and mountain laurel trees, towering green leaved hedges and decades old fig trees.

In the spring, a retreat just off of the

master bedroom that once served as a

sleeping porch — enclosed on three

sides with expansive windows — offers

a view of massive clusters of purple

blooms on the mountain laurel trees

that rise up to the second story room

that Vicki calls her “happy place”. Comfortable



chairs invite evening conversations,

the chance to read a good book or the

meeting place for needlepointing proj-

ects for the accomplished artist and

her group of friends.

Vistas from double-hung casement

windows capture nature’s beauty with

the changing of the seasons. Every room in the home brings natural light

into the living spaces. “I grew up in a

home with lots of windows,” said Vicki. “And I love the old fashioned, separate

rooms of older houses that incorporate

a good flow from space to space.”

The couple has a passion for older

homes and finds their Monte Vista

neighborhood charming. “Every home

is just a little different showcasing unique architecture,” Vicki commented.

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As current president of the Landa Gardens Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to beautify and maintaining the grounds at Landa Library, Vicki looks out her kitchen window

upon the garden as if it were an extension of her own backyard.

The updated kitchen was meticulously conceived and supervised

by Vicki to congruously meld with the formality of the home. Old

knob and tube wiring was replaced to handle the load of new appliances and colors were selected to harmonize with the formal

dining room.

“We use the dining room for every meal,� stated Vicki. The

younger grandchildren know to place a dishtowel on the uphol-

stered dining chairs, and high chairs are always ready for the little

ones that often come to visit.

Above: Custom woodwork, marble countertops and glass fronted upper cabinets make the newly remodeled kitchen a well utilized work space for the couple with John showing his culinary prowess as the chef in the family.

At right: Illuminated by a contemporary shaded chandelier, silver candlesticks and a Chinese export porcelain bowl grace the mahogany dining room table surrounded by Chippendale style chairs purchased in New Orleans.

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Master Bath: Barrel ceilinged master bath holds a marble topped soaking tub with views of the Landa Garden. The chandelier was originally in the dining room and now sheds light on the patterned wallpaper selected from a Minneapolis, Minnesota home featured on Houzz.

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Master Bedroom: Linen embroidered raw silk headboard and matching fabric on gilt bench at the foot of the bed echo the shades of blue incorporated into the master suite. Scandinavian art adorn the walls.

In the formal living room, a glassed topped coffee table holds a collection of books,

porcelain monkeys and an antique Japanese red lacquered papier-mache hexagonal

tray. Some of the tomes resting in the collection are written in Norwegian, having belonged to Vicki’s grandmother.

Another prized edition is a memoire of WWI written by John’s great-uncle Irving

Shrewsbury Cobb. Assigned to cover the war in Belgium, Cobb was a correspon-

dent for The Saturday Evening Post. The American author, humorist, editor and columnist, wrote more than 60 books and 300 short stories, several of his famous

Judge Priest short stories were adapted in the 1930s for two feature films directed by legendary director John Ford featuring the young Cary Grant.

Living next to the Bushnell Apartments with it’s magnificent roof terrace where

elevated private parties and receptions are often held has it advantages. “We can

sit in our backyard and enjoy the sounds of jazz, string musicians and all the wonderful live performances taking place on the rooftop,” said John.

With the hustle and bustle of inner city life just around the corner, the pastoral

pleasures of country living are just a few steps outside their door.

At Left: Powder Room: Marble counter and backsplash hold diminutive treasures including a crystal fragrance bottle with silver top and an antique figurine of a donkey and cart that once belonged to Vicki’s grandmother. A pair of sconces illuminate the gilt silver mirror.

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The Slim Down Express: fashion

How to lose 10 pounds, just by how you dress.

any of us have that extra pound here or there we’d like to shed. We work out, we cut back on junk food, we know we’re getting on the right track. But then tacos beckon. And vacations beg you to live a little and have an extra margarita. So we swing back and forth, balancing the urge to be slim and trim with the need to let loose on occasion.


By Aquila Mendez-Valdez Photography by Patricia McGrath

We enlisted the help of three San Antonio bloggers to showcase three ways to leverage your clothes, making them work for you, not against you.


Best case scenario, it can seem that our clothes are entirely separate from our struggles with the scale. Or worst case scenario, that they’re holding us back from feeling our best. But what if the way we dressed could help us along in our war against weight? What if there were tips and tricks to make feeling fit and fabulous simply a matter of making a choice within your closet? Knowing your body type is key above all, and nothing makes this more apparent than when you’re trying to play tricks on the eye. Be cognizant of the outfits people compliment you on, and the colors they mention look great on you. These are your strengths, and no matter the number on the scale you should always play to them.

In perhaps the most well-known trick of the trade, Kimberly Frick of the local style blog Fricks Picks looks radiant in this off-theshoulder jumpsuit from Apricot Lane. The crisp blue and white stripes are complimented by on-trend woven accessories, gold bangles, and tasseled heels to elongate the leg even further. The age-old adage is true: vertical stripes are your friend, horizontal often are not if your goal is to look lean and long. may/june 2018 | 33



PLAY WITH PROPORTIONS Alyssa Walker is the owner of Twenty Something SA, a blog dedicated to all the hot spots and eats about town for the younger demographic. As such she’s constantly headed to events, so this high-waisted wide leg trouser and offthe-shoulder top from Voge Boutique is effortlessly chic. The ruffles of the top (which is actually a unitard for ltra slimming effects) draw the eye upward, while the pants hit at the smallest point of her waist to create the illusion of mile-long legs.

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MONOCHROME & MORE While it may seem contrary to popular beliefs, all-white can be slimming when it’s done properly. Rose Ferreira of the popular (and bilingual!) Café Con Ellas TV shows us how with this glamorous weekend look from Camilla Crown boutique. It’s all about layering smartly: with lightweight, breezy pieces like this kimono that’s comfortable and chic. Add a pop of color in your accessories with a statement bag and your look can easily go from brunch to the art gallery to dinner.




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Help! My Makeup is Melting

By Aquila Mendez-Valdez

Makeup can do wonders, but what happens when the temperatures in San Antonio rise to triple digits? Beauty technology has come a long way in respect to longlasting formulas, but South Texas summers can melt away even the toughest compounds. SAN ANTONIO WOMAN talked with two of San Antonio’s premier makeup artists to find out how the women of the Alamo City can beat the heat. Owner of The Oxygen Room & Beauty Bar, Alicia Guevara, says there’s one enemy to all women in summer: sweat. “Sweat is always challenging when I’m trying to keep my clients cool on set,” says Guevara. “So regulating their body temperature as best I can with cool neck pads and fans usually helps.”

For easy remedies that even someone without an in-house makeup artist can implement, she suggests keeping small Evian facial sprays and a beauty blender handy. “Use them to ‘reactivate’ your foundation or refresh makeup for a dewy look,” she said. “It is better to work with the moisture than against it when dealing with humidity. And always pat, never wipe!”

San Antonio native and an internationally published makeup artist to celebrities and clients all over the world, Kate Crisler Ritter says to take fads like “jamsu,” the Korean beauty craze of covering the face in baby powder before dunking in cold water to set makeup, with a grain of salt. “These Instagram-worthy tricks certainly can work, and if ice cold water in the morning is your personal cup of tea, go for it,” she says. “However, I also believe witch hazel would be equally as effective for oil and sweat production and less aggressive in the groggy morning.”

Above all, Ritter recommends investing in multipurpose products that are easy to bring along when the temperatures start to rise. “Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick highlighter is great for a quick cheek and eye touch-up, or Tom Ford’s cream cheek product is awesome for a lip and cheek touch-up,” she says. Ritter and Guevara also recommend a primer to create a smooth canvas for makeup to adhere to and hopefully last until the sun goes down.

While we can’t avoid the heat for most of the year in Texas, we can be smart about our beauty habits while we’re in it. When it comes down to it, both artists advocate paying attention to your skin and finding what works for your own level of perspiration and perseverance against the sun’s rays. And if worse comes to worst, know the “dewy” look is absolutely in!

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Focus: Cosmetic/ Plastic Surgery

People have different motivations for undergoing plastic surgery. For some it may be cosmetic and others it is for reconstructive purposes. The most important part of your decision is being true to yourself and respecting who you are. Flip through the following pages and learn more about some of the plastic surgery resources available in the San Antonio area. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION


Focus: Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Dermatology San Antonio Shavano Commons • 16110 Via Shavano • San Antonio, TX 78249 Helotes Country Village • 12415 Bandera Rd., Ste. 114 • Helotes, TX 78023 Westover Hills • 1919 Rogers Road, Ste. 101 • San Antonio, TX 78251 EXPERIENCE/HONORS: We’re board certified dermatologists with a full aesthetic team, focused on safety and efficacy. We’ve been honored with Diamond Status by Allergan, meaning we are in the top 3% of all BOTOX Cosmetic and Juvederm filler injectors in the US. This recognition is about more than just volume- it’s about experience and the trust of our patients. We love creating amazing, individualized results by combining therapies for skin tightening, targeted fat reduction, volume enhancement and collagen stimulation. Often small changes can create a big impact for our patients.


BEST ADVICE TO A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: Amazing results are not dependent on the product, rather the hands and minds that are delivering your treatment. Your aesthetic physician needs to have an educated, experienced aesthetic eye and be adept at combining different technologies and products to produce the best, individualized result. Having a budget doesn’t mean you should bargain shop when it comes to your face and neck. Choose an experienced physician and spread out your treatments over time to make it more affordable. Embrace the idea of aesthetic maintenance. Your aesthetic physician is your regenerative partner that you will be seeing regularly for years to come.

Dr. Constance Barone Elegante Surgery Center 9502 Huebner Road • Building 2, Unit 202 • San Antonio, Texas 78240 PRINCIPALS: Dr. Constance Barone is proud to offer a safe, supportive environment and years of experience to help patients achieve their personal goals and become the best possible versions of themselves. SPECIALTY: Dr. Barone is proud to provide her patients with her over 30 years in the Cosmetic Surgery Industry combined with her passion for technology to ensure that each patients has best-inclass care. EXPERIENCE: Nationally recognized Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, dedicated mother of three, and a proud Texas business owner of a Elegante Surgery Center, she is known throughout the


world as a surgeon, teacher, author, and innovator of some of the most state-of-the-art medical techniques in use today. HONORS: : In past two years alone, she was named as Top Doctor by Texas Top Docs, put on the Best Plastic Surgeons in America list, awarded Best Doctor by San Antonio Scene in San Antonio, and America’s Top Doctor by Castle Connolly, to name a few. BEST ADVICE TO A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: Dr. Barone encourages everyone to seek out an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who continues to stay up-to-date with the newest technology. “Cosmetic Surgery is an exciting field that continues to improve every year. Take advantage of it!”


Focus: Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Marc T. Taylor, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon 3338 Oakwell Court • Suite 207 • San Antonio, Texas 78218 SPECIALTY: Dr. Taylor focuses his cosmetic practice on procedures of the face and neck, including facelifts, neck lifts, laser treatments, rhinoplasty, surgery of the upper and lower eyelids, and protruding ear surgery. Natural fat transfer for volume loss in the midface, marionette lines, and lips. Laser treatments for sun damage, broken blood vessels, acne scars, and wrinkles. All procedures are done in office using mild oral sedation and local anesthetic. EXPERIENCE: 30+ years of plastic surgery experience • Past President of the Bexar County Medical Society • Past President of the

210.305.5797 Medical Executive Board of the Baptist Hospital System • Board Certified in Plastic Surgery Board Certified in Otolaryngology (Ear, nose, and throat) • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons • Member of American Society of Plastic Surgery. BEST ADVICE TO A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: A simple start to achieving your goals is to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that is knowledgeable and has experience in the procedures needed to reach your goals. I find it very rewarding to help a patient achieve their unique facial rejuvenation goals.

Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio Troy Robbin Hailparn, MD Remington Oaks Medical Building 525 Oak Center Drive • Suite 220 • San Antonio, Texas 78258 SPECIALTY: OB/GYN practice focused on female sexual health and function. I address issues related to comfort, function and appearance. Compasionate care, accessible and responsive, great customer service. Changing women’s quality of life for the better. EXPERIENCE: 22 years solo practice • Extensive education, surgical training, international speaking and surgical training for physicians seeking to learn cosmetic plastic gynecology.

210.615.6646 HONORS: Participated in first historic sessions in cosmetic plastic gynecology in Rome, Italy in 2012 and Hunan, China in 2011 • Selected to give Ted Talk on Female Anatomy 101, San Antonio, Nov. 2017 • Asked to author educational online module for OB/GYN on the labia minora labiaplasty procedures. BEST ADVICE TO A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: Always get more than one opinion. Be careful – don’t think cheaper means quality or experience.


Focus: Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, PA Delio Ortegon MD, President 11130 Christus Hills • Suite 108 • San Antonio, TX 78251 SPECIALTY: We specialize in a very personalized approach to consultations, each often taking 30 minutes or more. This allows us to truly listen to what patients are looking for. Patients often lack the descriptors for what they want so sitting and really listening to their desires makes for better outcomes. HONORS: We are leaders in our industry and have consistently performed at the top 2% of all plastic surgery practices in the US. Dr. Ortegon has consistently been listed in Texas Monthly’s Top Doctors issues as well as in local listings for top surgeons.

210.951.2483 BEST ADVICE TO A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: Do your homework. Trust in doctors who are board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have the training and insight to assure that you will get the result that you seek. The constantly evolving technologies and how they affect the delivery of patient outcomes make my job exciting.

Eric S. Schaffer, MD FACS Metropolitan Professional Building 1303 McCullough • Suite 363 • San Antonio, TX 78212 PRINCIPALS: Those who know Dr. Eric Schaffer refer to him as a perfectionist. "Carefully detailed planning, artistic sensibilities, and accurate and precise surgery are essential to achieve excellence in cosmetic surgery," he says. His patients frequently state that their results go way beyond their expectations. See actual patient reviews and photos at SPECIALTY: Breast augmentation, lift, reduction. Repair botched breast implants; Body Contouring – abdominoplasty, repair botched tummy tuck. Back/buttocks, arms, and thigh lifts, liposuction; Facial Rejuvenation: face, brow, neck and eyelid lift; Non Surgical treatments include: laser hair removal, Botox, facial fillers.

210-227-3223 EXPERIENCE: During his training at Harvard and Yale Medical Schools, the essence of what it takes to become truly a great doctor became ingrained in Dr. Schaffer. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Schaffer has provided cosmetic plastic surgery services in San Antonio for 30 years. Combining his vast experience in cosmetic surgery, his amazing ability, discipline and motivation allow him to produce reliable, quality results in a consistent manner. This has earned him the immense respect and admiration of his patients and medical colleagues alike. BEST ADVICE TO A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: Meet Dr. Schaffer for a free consultation and discount for new patients who present this article before August 1, 2018.



What You Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy BY DAWN ROBINETTE

Hormone replacement therapy — the use of medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause — was once a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Following a widely reported study conducted through the Women’s Health Initiative in the 1990s, hormone replacement therapy was widely discontinued.

But if you've only read the headlines, … you may not be getting the full story. You could be making important decisions on false information and you may be missing crucial benefits of hormone replacement therapy

Dr. Tim Hlavinka, an expert in women’s sexual medicine who is also a board-certified urologist specializing in both general urology and lifestyle medicine at San Antonio’s The Urology Place, explains that the study created what he terms “hormonaphobia” — the fear of treating women with hormones due to the perception that they’re dangerous. “Many read the headlines about the study, but not the data,” details Dr. Hlavinka. “The headlines gave an improper analysis of the data, improper interpretation of the data, improper communication about the data and improper policy recommendations. “Because the message was ‘they’re dangerous,’ people have gotten away from how important this decision is for a woman,” explains Dr. Hlavinka. Eighty-six is the average life expectancy for women, and menopause is now happening at the age of 51 — and dropping, according to Dr. Hlavinka, a Fellow for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He’s the society’s only medical fellow in the state of Texas. Well known for his research in sexual health and hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Hlavinka can quickly outline the common misconceptions people have heard about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. “Hormones cause cancer — that’s false, especially in relation to breast cancer. Hormones cause heart attacks and strokes — that’s false,” he continues. “Hormones don’t help in preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementia. That’s also false.” Unfortunately, finding the proper perspective on HRT is difficult, Dr. Hlavinka notes, as the source that many turn to for information, the internet, offers limited unbiased information. Which is why he stresses that if you’d like to understand how HRT could safely benefit you, working with a doctor is important. “Find a doctor that you can have an honest discussion with, who will cover this and detail its merits,” he advises. If you’re post-menopausal or perimenopausal, HRT can provide relief to many conditions that bother women. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, loss of libido, vaginal dryness and fatigue are common symptoms. Dr. Hlavinka notes that early menopause and early per44 |

imenopause are very common, starting as early as the late 30s or early 40s in many women. Thanks to women’s life expectancy, that means women may be dealing with these symptoms well into their 80s. Dr. Hlavinka suggests that women dealing with any of these individual symptoms work with a doctor to check their hormone levels and have a discussion about HRT. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. “Individualization of treatment is absolutely a cardinal rule,” he notes. And not all women are good candidates for HRT. However, the exceptions are far less common than people may believe and should be considered on an individual case-by-case basis. “If you have an extensive breast cancer history, have coagulation problems or are someone who has pre-existing cardiovascular disease, find a provider who is going to work with you on the individual details necessary to make this critical life decision,” he explains. When asked about “the typical HRT patient,” who doesn’t realize how she can be helped by HRT, Dr. Hlavinka has story after story of women who initially fear HRT or refuse treatment — until they realize how great the benefits can be and how small the risks are. One of his patients was adamant about not using HRT because her mother had breast cancer. He was able to research her risks, providing data • Why aren’t you giving to show that in spite me hormones? of that, she had only a 1.9 percent chance • What are my risk of being diagnosed factors for HRT? with breast cancer in • What are the side the next five years, effects of HRT? and only a 12 percent chance in her life• What happens if I time. She happened don’t take hormones? to have had a hysterectomy as well, ul“And be sure to talk to a provider who timately decreasing is giving you an honest evaluation of the her risk factors even potential side effects,” notes Dr. further. That data Hlavinka, since so many HRT headlines gave her the confiare misleading or false. dence to try HRT.

To help find the right provider to address your HRT needs, ask the following questions:

How to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer… W

mommy matters

While Having Fun By Pamela V Miller

If you ask a child what their plans are for summer vacation, chances are that “learning” won’t be one of them. A lot of children see summer break as a time to step away from studies and have fun before the next school year starts. However, if they don’t practice what they’ve learned, they could lose it. So how do we, as parents, keep them learning and having fun during the summer? We embed learning into fun summer activities.

Whether you’re spending summer days together or braving a Weekend Warrior schedule, there are plenty of ways to keep kids learning while having fun during the break. All you need is an educational plan that disguises itself as summer fun.

Here are some ideas to get you started: Create Summer Goals:

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earn them a prize? Have your children create goals they wish to accomplish over the break at the beginning of the summer. This will create excitement, give them incentive to stay on track, and, more importantly, it will keep them learning.

Have a Weekly Theme:

There are only about 11 or so weeks of summer vacation, so make them count! Each week, explore a new subject and base activities/reading materials around that subject. For example, if you have a little one who loves dinosaurs, visit the Witte’s Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery or take a hike to the real dinosaur tracks found at Government Canyon State Park. At home, you can read literature on dinosaurs, rent a movie about them or play with a dinosaur excavation kit. You can also freeze dinosaur figurines in ice and have the kids excavate and identify them outside on a warm summer day. As the theme changes each week, they will be gaining a wealth of knowledge on various topics over the summer.

Ask the Doctor Joseph Garza, MD Who should consider fertility preservation? Fertility preservation may be the right choice for people in a variety of life stages. Women and men may choose to freeze eggs, sperm, or embryos if they’re not yet ready to have children. Women with a family history of early menopause often also ask about fertility preservation options. Men contemplating a vasectomy and people about to undergo cancer treatments should also consider their future fertility.

What does egg preservation consist of? Egg preservation is an elective option that collects and stores healthy, unfertilized eggs so a woman doesn’t feel pressured to conceive at an inopportune time. Through a series of medications and minimally invasive procedures, ovarian follicles are stimulated to release as many eggs as possible. This process typically takes about six weeks from start to finish.

Why should fertility preservation be part of a treatment plan for people diagnosed with cancer? Many cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery have a considerable negative effect on fertility and the hormonal system. These treatments often result in ovarian damage and premature menopause in women of childbearing age. The treatments can also have a negative impact on male fertility, so opting for fertility preservation procedures prior to the start of the cancer treatment can help increase patients’ likelihood of having children after they are cancer-free.

What steps should someone considering fertility preservation take? First, talk to your doctor. There are a variety of simple tests that can be performed to test ovarian reserve, embryo age and to diagnose any obstacles to pregnancy such as fibroids and endometriosis. If you’re concerned about your future fertility, you’re not alone, but time is of the essence. Taking action today can help you avoid potential future problems.

Joseph Garza, MD, is the chief fertility officer with the Institute for Women’s Health and the Advanced Fertility Center, San Antonio.

To schedule an appointment, visit or call 210.616.0680.


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Visit Your Local Library:

The library has so much to offer kids of all ages. Age-specific clubs and activities can get your children learning while they’re having fun. Set reading goals for the summer and reward your young learner for meeting them. You might also consider joining Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club and read along with the community. Each month, a new topic is explored with selections for readers of all ages. Contact your local library or visit for more information on activities and events. At home, you can access the library’s eBooks from your Kindle device, too. This especially comes in handy when you’re on vacation!

Plant a Garden:

Your kids can gain a huge sense of accomplishment in planting a garden. It’s a great lesson in the life cycle of a plant and sustainability. You can start off small with a planter box, seeds and garden soil. Children can personalize their planter and decorate popsicle sticks that act as plant markers. Have your children care for their plants and reap the rewards once their garden grows. It’s a perfect way to get them to eat their veggies, too. If a family garden isn’t possible for you right now, consider volunteering in the Urban Garden at San Antonio Food Bank. Children of all ages are welcome to help maintain the garden, so long as they are accompanied by an adult. They not only learn about gardening, but know to give back to the community!

Take Nature Walks:

From plants to creepy crawlers and wildlife, there’s a lot to see on the trail and even more to learn. Make hiking or nature walks even more fun by letting your little ones snap photos of things that interest them on the trail and then research them online. If your child loves treasure hunting, consider geocaching on the trail. It’s as easy as downloading the app and locating the different geocache “treasures.” Geocaching can go beyond the trail, too. There are so many places to explore while learning about coordinates in the process.

Find a Pen Pal:

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touch with friends and family over the summer. Kids will love getting letters in the mail, and you’ll love all the practice they’re getting.

Vacation Fun:

Planning a summer trip? Take this opportunity to create excitement and study the place you’re visiting before you get there. Pick up a book or film on your vacation spot. From location to weather and history, what is different about your destination? For younger kids, create a scavenger hunt and have them record what they see when you get there. For older kids, have them search for interesting facts about your destination.

Day Trips:

There are so many educational and fun places to visit in our area. Start with what your child’s interests are and create a plan around it. Do they love exploring? Do they enjoy playing Minecraft? A visit to Natural Bridge Caverns will have them exploring caves and panning for precious gems and fossils — all while learning about mining, stones and natural rock formations. They’ll enjoy the relation between their virtual and real worlds — away from the screen. If they are hands-on learners, a trip to the DoSeum allows them the freedom to learn in a fun space. Check out the places you plan to visit online before heading there, as a lot of them offer educational resources right on their website.

Summer Nights:

Summer nights are a great time to stargaze and learn about astronomy. It’s as easy as sitting outside and documenting the shape of the moon and all the stars you see. Try to pinpoint constellations or have children create a star map and see if it changes over the break. For more astronomy fun, visit the Scobee Planetarium for one of their family-friendly presentations.

Keep a Summer Journal:

Where have they been? What did they see/learn? Keeping a summer journal will keep information fresh, get them writing over the summer and make a great keepsake to look back on years from now.

While you’re having fun over the summer, be creative and extract the educational value in each activity your family participates in. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated. The idea is to keep children learning something new or practicing something they’ve learned while having fun.

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Successful Entrepreneurs Under By Dawn Robinette

Photography by David Teran

Fortune may favor the bold, but in San Antonio, it also favors talented, young women who aren’t afraid to pour their heart and soul into following their own path.

Across the Alamo City, you can find stunning examples of women under 40 who are blazing their own trails with successful businesses they founded and nurtured with hard work — and a few tears — to bring their visions life.

These successful entrepreneurs bring a passion and commitment to their work, as well as a gratitude for San Antonio and its supportive business environment, which each of them credit for helping them succeed.

Whether it’s a voice they couldn’t ignore, or a niche that screamed to be filled, these women are contributing to San Antonio’s economy in new and different ways, offering products, experiences and guidance for the rest of us to follow.

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Lika Torline Owner/Founder, In The Weeds Natural Skin Care

“Life is what happens when you’re making other plans,” is a saying that fits how Lika Torline founded In The Weeds Natural Skin Care. Or in her words, “When life hands you lemons, make Dollface,” her signature product. It’s made with organic lemons and began as a project when she was in esthetician school. Thanks to its popularity, she took the entrepreneur leap. That wasn’t her initial career plan, but a severe back injury changed everything. One thing after another kept guiding her to what is now her successful business: The class project turned into a popular product, an Innovative Entrepreneur Grant from the Chamber of Commerce in her hometown of McAllen helped fund her website and the skincare line was recognized as “Best of City” in San Antonio. “When the universe keeps on telling you yes, trust it,” Torline says.

That said, she cautions that entrepreneurs have to be willing to sacrifice. “If someone had told me what this was going to entail, I don’t know if I would have done it. You have to ask, ‘How bad do you want it?’ Most small businesses fail. You have to have the mentality to do it.” She’s quick to credit San Antonio for her growing success, which includes a larger distribution opportunity on the horizon.

“There’s so much support in this city for small business owners,” she explains, noting Launch SA, LiftFund and the Westside Development Corporation. “Take advantage of those resources.” And like Torline, always see life’s lemons as opportunities.

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Courtney Santillano Owner, Crib and Kids

You discover you’re pregnant, then have to tackle figuring out everything you need for your new arrival. For Courtney Santillano—and most mothers—that process was overwhelming. “The first time I tried to do my registry, I left in tears,” she recalls. There wasn’t a store who could provide guidance, where she could ask questions and actually touch and feel the product. Fast forward 18 months after her first daughter was born and Santillano filled that void with Crib and Kids, offering quality baby and children's furniture and accessories, coupled with knowledgeable staff. Knowing the market—and her customers—has been key to Crib and Kids success. “Do your research. Don’t just jump into something. Know your customers. Have a solid plan and be adaptable because that whole plan is probably going to change a million times,” 54 |

she advises other would-be entrepreneurs as Crib and Kids marks its fifth anniversary. She also advises that start-ups find a support system to help them along the way. Before Santillano opened her doors, a group of store owners in Houston served as a sounding board and she’s now part of an online group of similar business owners who provide guidance, insight and support to each other. “Find those people—they’re out there. Everyone wants to help each other and see you be successful. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask as many questions as you can.”

And know you’ll never know everything. “There’s always something new. You’re always navigating new processes and new situations — and how to adapt and get better.”

Sara Jessop Owner, Aquarius Boutique

When San Antonio native Sara Jessop returned home after college in Memphis, she missed the designers she knew and loved and thought, “Why aren’t you in San Antonio?” A graduate program in interior design and a return to a hobby of jewelry making spurred her own jewelry line. Then she decided to open a retail space. “I wanted something different that was forward thinking, but still pretty traditional, which is what San Antonio teeters on a bit,” she explains. And Aquarius Boutique was born. Based on her love of jewelry, the store is accessories driven, but over eight years has evolved to feature fashion and organic apothecary. “Retail is a really wonderful roller coaster. It definitely has its ebbs and flow and I’ve had to learn how to surf those waves,” she explains. Jessop is not one to do anything slowly, jumping in when she feels the time is right for something, letting things happen organically.

“I’ve learned that if you just open a door, it’s amazing what happens from there.” As for guidance to others thinking of jumping into business, Jessop stresses, “If you’re going to do it, then really do it and believe in it. The doubts will seep in, but really follow what you are passionate about. The passion behind it is what makes you different than anyone else. A lot of success comes out of passion for what you are doing. “It’s how I’ve gotten to where I am — I’m adamantly passionate about what I’m doing.” may/june 2018 | 55


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Bethany Babcock CEO and Founder, Forsite

A six-month-old at home, a full-time job with little flexibility and a busy life in general is exactly the time to start a new business, right? It was for Bethany Babcock.

It was the encouragement of everyone around her that spurred Babcock on. “They never made it seem like it was a crazy idea. It didn’t seem impossible,” she notes.

“I thought I could have a little more balance in life, which is comical, because starting a business is anything but accommodating to your schedule,” she explains when asked how she decided to found her own commercial real estate firm. “But there are 14 of us now, it’s not all me anymore. It was lonely in the beginning.”

“I was naïve and didn’t know what I didn’t know. But isn’t that the case with anything we do in life? You can’t wait until you have all of the answers to get started. You’ll figure it out as you go.”

She does wish she’d understood how difficult it would be early on. “I thought starting a business, I’d be able to come in and solve problems and make things go better for everyone. But in the early years, you have to get comfortable with disappointing yourself and other people.”

That said, she emphasizes that you have to maintain a long-term perspective, sacrificing in the short term to reach a bigger goal. “Delaying of gratification is a skill set that is lost for many. You can do a lot if you keep that long-term perspective.”

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women on the move REBECCA HELTERBRAND Rebecca Helterbrand has joined the San Antonio Area Foundation in the newly created position of vice president of strategy and innovation. She is responsible for all communications, information technology, strategic planning, and performance excellence in the pursuit of world-class results. Further, this position represents a key leadership role in relation to the John L. Santikos charitable partnership.

EMMA HERNANDEZ San Antonio Public Library employee Emma Hernández was chosen by Library Journal as a Mover & Shaker 2018, which recognizes up-and-coming individuals who are innovative, creative and making a difference in libraries. Hernández was chosen as a Community Builder for her role in the Library’s digital inclusion efforts and has expanded the Library’s digital literacy courses, created a volunteer technology training program, developed a digital literacy curriculum, and integrated digital literacy into programming for adult immigrants.

MAGGIE MCMAHON Maggie McMahon, a corporate executive turned serial entrepreneur, has just launched The Strategy Mentor, a consulting firm through which she helps small business owners who seek to launch a new venture or grow their existing companies. She specializes in helping small businesses grow and improve profitability. With the Strategy Mentor, Maggie is currently developing a brand platform for a Boston-based textile firm and is helping a regional wholesaler expand it’s product offerings, among other projects.

CINDY MORAN Security Service Federal Credit Union has promoted Cindy Moran to senior vice president of human resources. In this new role, Moran will oversee human resources operations and personnel for the 750,000-member credit union. She has served as senior member service officer; district manager; assistant vice president; vice president of member service, central region; and most recently as senior vice president of member service, central Region.

LORENA PEÑA The city’s largest professional trade association, the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR), elected Lorena Peña as the 2018 chairman of the board. A topproducing Realtor with The Osburn Peña Group of RE/MAX Preferred REALTORS® and award-winner in her field, Peña has served on the board of directors at SABOR since 2014 and has held a board position with the Junior League of San Antonio and is a past president.

VALERIE TAMEZ TMI Episcopal School welcomes Valerie Tamez as director of development. She will be responsible for annual giving, special events, alumni relations and internal school fundraising efforts. Tamez previously served for seven years as assistant director of development at San Antonio Academy and as director of community relations (2000-2005) and marketing and home development manager (2006-2007) at the Children's Shelter of San Antonio.

SUZANNE WESTRUM Suzanne Westrum was promoted to vice president of communications and marketing of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) after serving as the communications director for SABOR since 2012. Her duties include working closely with media, writing press materials and preparing SABOR spokespeople for public speaking engagements as well as overseeing the communications team’s production and implementation of videos, printed materials, website promotions and social media/marketing strategies.

ALEXANDRA WOOD Alexandra Wood joins Broadway Bank as vice president, commercial lender in middle market. She brings seven years of commercial banking experience in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, architecture and professional service. Wood is uniquely suited to deliver expert solutions to optimize the banking experience for Broadway Bank middle market clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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business calendar

May 8 North San Antonio Chamber Power Networking Breakfast Norris Conference Center 7 – 9am May 9 North San Antonio Chamber South Central TX Manufacturing Trade Show & Conference Freeman Expo Hall 8:30am – 5pm May 9 National Association of Female Executives Luncheon Old San Francisco Steakhouse Check-in and Networking Begins: 11:30 – 11:45am Lunch and Speaker: 11:45am – 12:30pm Opportunity Networking: 1 – 1:30pm May 10 National Association of Women Business Owners National Virtual Connect: Webinar 7pm May 14 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa; Hill Country Golf Club 7am registration; 8am tee off

May 30 North San Antonio Chamber 2018 State of the County Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade 11am – 1pm June 6 San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Morning Mingle Networking Breakfast The San Antonio Food Bank 7:30 – 9am June 7 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce New Member Mixer Location: TBA , Check 5:30 – 7pm June 12 North San Antonio Chamber Power Networking Breakfast Norris Conference Center 7 – 9am June 13 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce POWERhour! Luncheon Location: TBA , Check 11:15am – 1pm

May 16 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Smart Women Series Franklin Park @ TPC Parkway 11:30am – 1pm

June 21 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Development Program (Graduation) Location: TBA , Check

May 21 National Association of Women Business Owners Lunch Connections 7330 San Pedro Ave #108 11:30am – 1pm

June 28 National Association of Women Business Owners Annual Meeting and Installation Maggiano’s Little Italy at The Rim 11am - 1pm

May 22 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Bloomberg Business Program Location: TBA Check 11am – 1pm

June 21 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Tribute to Women Business Leaders Marriott Rivercenter Hotel 11:30am – 1pm

May 24 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Development Program Old San Francisco Steakhouse 8am - 12pm, 10:45 am TLD Spotlight

June 26 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Bloomberg Business Program Location: TBA , Check 11am – 1pm

May 24 National Association of Women Business Owners SA Monthly Meeting Petroleum Club 7:30 – 9:30am

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Jennifer L. Scroggins INVESTMENT ADVISOR Platinum Wealth Solutions of Texas, LLC

What do you like best about your job? My job is equally rewarding for not only my clients but also myself. The experiences we’ve shared have allowed me to build relationships to last a lifetime. My job allows me a tremendous amount of flexibility-the sky is the limit! I am the boss, I am in control of my future, and have the perfect mix to truly have work-life balance, and FUN along the way! What career path led you to where you are today? Like most in my profession, not many “sign up” to be a financial advisor, mainly because it’s a tough job, and having perseverance and commitment are key to your success. Basically, I found myself compelled to share my personal story with others who have been in my shoes. 20 Years ago, I had made the decision to become a single mother of 2 young children-yes Divorced. I had very difficult challenges ahead-tough financial and emotional decisions to make and I knew there were other women who had experience similar situations, yet felt they had nowhere to turn. Through education, I have given women confidence in making those tough decisions and I have centered my practice around helping those women faces with these same personal and professional decisions. What did you want to be growing up? Ironically enough, I wanted to be an archeologist growing up. I was always fascinated to learn about where we came from, how we settled, and how our thoughts and beliefs mold us today. What is the best advice that you have ever received? (If you are a mother of Adult Millennials you’ll understand this) Your children want and desire to be independent, so let them be. And when they make mistakes understand your children must learn form THEIR own mistakes and not YOURS. What community groups or nonprofit groups do you support? I am a board member of SLEW, an organization formed over 10 years ago who offer support lending and emotional wellness for underprivileged women who are faced with breast cancer. I also am an active member of Impact SA. I truly thrive on the power women have when we come together for a cause! What do you do to relax outside of work? I am in love with the outdoors! I run 6 miles every day. Ride my mountain bike around town on the weekends. I play tennis weekly (in a 40+ league) with my sister! And in the winter months, I go play in the snow! What is your favorite event in San Antonio during the summer and why? My favorite event is attending any summer concert outdoors. Live music is fun and very relaxing! What do you think makes being a “San Antonio Woman” so special? I have lived in all the major cities in Texas and San Antonio is undoubtedly the friendliest city in Texas, or heck anywhere for that matter! We are a warm and welcoming community and often coined as a “Big Small Town.” We are full giving, sharing, and overall love for each other and our community and that makes me a very proud “San Antonio Woman”

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Featuring profiles of local dental professionals that specialize in the beauty and health of your smile.


profiles in dentistry DR. ROBERT “TITO” NORRIS Diplomate: American Board of Orthodontics STONE OAK ORTHODONTICS

Dr. Robert (Tito) Norris received his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in Biology with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. His unique background in engineering and material science allows him to stay on the leading edge of the latest technological advances in orthodontic techniques and products. He has developed his own bracket system, the FiT.20 system. Dr. Norris was the salutatorian of his dental school class at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He completed a General Practice Residency at the V.A. Hospital in Washington, D.C., followed by a residency in Orthodontics at Howard University, also in Washington, D.C. He graduated from this residency program as the valedictorian with the highest grade point average in the Orthodontic Department’s 25-year history. After completing his orthodontic specialty training, Dr. Norris joined the United States Air Force and served as Chief of Orthodontics at Misawa Air Base, Japan for three years. He and his wife, Simone, returned to San Antonio in 1998 where the vision of Stone Oak Orthodontics came to be. Dr. Norris has lectured throughout the United States and Asia. He has taught as a Clinical Associate Professor at the UT Health Science Center. His scientific papers have been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Clinical Impressions, Seminars in Orthodontics, and Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning. He is a member of 10 different professional dental and orthodontic associations, is president of the Howard University Orthodontic Alumni Association, is an accomplished sculptor, and has served as the WOAI News 4 San Antonio Dental expert. In addition, Dr. Norris became a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Norris enjoys a distinction bestowed upon only 15% of the orthodontists in practice today. He is also among the top 1% of Invisalign providers in the world.

18720 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 207 San Antonio, TX 78258 210.405.3008 |

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Dr. Selsa Adham-Gonzalez grew up in Canada and graduated with honors from McGill University in Montreal. She then completed a residency at Boston University. There, she honed her expertise on esthetic porcelain crowns and veneers, root canal treatment, pediatrics, esthetic bonding and sedation certification. She is committed to continuing education, and focuses on implant, cosmetic, and endodontic courses. Dr. Gonzalez loves living in Southtown with her husband and two children. Dr. Gonzalez was thrilled to join New Image Dentistry in 2018. The office has the latest technology, beautiful facilities, and the best staff in San Antonio. From digital scanners and laser technology to implants and Invisalign, Dr. Gonzalez is equipped to provide world-class dental care in a gentle and caring environment. New Image Plastic Surgery is also next door! The New Image Center is a one stop shop for a beautiful smile, botox, fillers, and more.

7902 Jones Maltsberger | San Antonio, TX 78216 Phone: 210-804-1558 | Fax: 210-824-2183


COSMETIC DENTISTRY OF SAN ANTONIO Dr. Camacho has been designing smiles for over 35 years and he found his niche in cosmetic dentistry almost immediately. “For many patients, an unattractive smile is a lifelong ruin for them. It caused them to hold themselves back in life whether it was covering their mouth when they smiled, not wanting to smile in pictures, or even not pursuing their dreams due to lack of confidence. Most of the time, restoring someone’s smile also means restoring their mouths to a healthier state. You cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mouth. Seeing someone’s confidence and self-esteem soar after a smile makeover is very rewarding!” says, Dr. Camacho. *Beauty Guide doctor and featured in Texas Monthly. • Smile makeovers • Veneers • Invisalign • Dental Implants • Modern, high tech office A Better Smile…A Better You…A Better Life!

16535 Huebner Road, Suite 102 | San Antonio, TX 78248 210-492-9944 |

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Dr. Cherie earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1998. She and her husband started Leon Springs Family Dental in 2002, located in the beautiful hill country of Leon Springs. She believes in an honest and individualized approach in treatment planning and patient education, as well as building a professional relationship with patients and colleagues. She is committed to remaining current on the latest dental techniques with ongoing continuing education and involvement in the prestigious Seattle Study Club, San Antonio District Dental Society, American Dental Association as well as the Texas Dental Association. When not busy practicing dentistry, Dr. Cherie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.

24165 IH 10 West, Suite 210 | San Antonio, TX 78257 210.698.0610

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Dr. Joanna Ayala was born and raised in San Antonio and is the proud owner of Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Ayala went on to complete her dental degree at Boston University. Her passion for children inspired her to continue her education at Miami Children’s Hospital, where she earned her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. She also does hospital dentistry at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio and Methodist Hospital. Dr. Ayala has three wonderful children Atticus, Araceli and Augustus.

Dr. Handa earned her dental degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During this time, she was involved in various pediatric patient-centered activities, including the Infant Oral Health Care Club, Craniofacial Center at Ronald Reagan Hospital, UCLA. Her dedication and passion for children made her go a step further and she earned her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. Her training covered the full spectrum of behavior management, basic and advanced, which included sedation and hospital dentistry. She also excelled in working with children with autism at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development as part of her residency.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist SUNSHINE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

125 W. Sunset Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210.824.9488


Board Certified Pediatric Dentist SUNSHINE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

125 W. Sunset Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210.824.9488


General Dentist, Practice Limited to Children SUNSHINE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY


Dr. Jennifer Hole is a San Antonio native, born and raised in Alamo Heights. She attended the Honors Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she double majored in Biology and Chemistry. Upon completion, she went on to study at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and enjoys volunteering in community events. Dr Hole loves living in the Terrell Hills area with her husband Dr. Steve Hole and her two kids Riley (3) and Everett (2).

Dr. Lori Fulk is a board certified specialist in orthodontics. She graduated from Southern Illinois University and then completed her degree at SIU School of Dental Medicine and her master’s degree in orthodontics at St. Louis University. Since moving to San Antonio, Dr. Fulk has been blessed with two sons, Ian and Evan. She is looking forward to raising her boys here in Texas as well as serving the community of Alamo Heights and surrounding areas.

125 W. Sunset Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210.824.9488

125 W. Sunset Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210.824.9488

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Letter from the Regional Lead – Texas MARGARET BARRON

This June, during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, join the Alzheimer’s Association® to help raise awareness of this devastating disease. You can start by learning and sharing 10 Ways to Love your Brain. Research is still evolving, but evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. Based on this research, the Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, a collection of tips that can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Join the movement to end Alzheimer’s during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer’s Association® needs you to get involved and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a disease that is often misunderstood. Did you know: ● Alzheimer’s is fatal. It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined. ● Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a progressive brain disease without any cure. ● Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss. It appears through a variety of signs and symptoms. During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association asks you to learn more about Alzheimer’s, share your story and take action. Visit to: ● Learn and share the facts about Alzheimer’s,. ● Get inspired by powerful stories of people sharing their experiences with the disease. ● Go purple — the color of Alzheimer’s awareness — on Facebook, Twitter and more! ● Honor those facing the disease by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association The Longest Day on June 21. Sign up or donate at It is never too late or too early to start thinking about your brain’s health – making healthy choices at any age is beneficial. Help the Alzheimer’s Association to #ENDALZ this June! Visit to get started. Sincerely,



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Permaculture Steps for the Home Gardener

sustainable gardening

By Iris Gonzalez

Photos courtesy Talking Tree Farm

Follow organic gardening practices long enough, and eventually you encounter the term “permaculture.” The word, a contraction of permanent and agriculture, reflects a guiding approach that combines the best practices from natural landscaping and edible gardening. A permaculture system goes beyond the organic garden with use of sustainable energies and resources like solar power, extensive recycling and even efficient home design to minimize impact on the surrounding environment.

Sarah and Sylvain Clavieres have been practicing sustainable agriculture at Talking Tree Farm in Converse on less than 2 acres since 2015. Their permaculture practices include running the farm on 100-percent solar energy, raising animals, incorporating multiple ponds into the farm’s operation and saving seeds from heirloom plants. Despite its compact size, Talking Tree Farm is productive enough for a produce booth at the Pearl Brewery weekend farmers market. Sarah defines permaculture as a way for the couple to grow food in a sustainable way that is healthy, not just for themselves but for the environment. “Nature really ultimately does most of the work for us,” she said. “It’s more than farming — it’s a lifestyle.” Talking Tree Farm offers free monthly permaculture classes that are helpful for those looking to learn how to start a garden or how to use sustainable techniques in an existing garden. The couple share their expertise for beginners with sign-ups for their classes on the farm’s Facebook page. For most home gardeners, a solar-powered home with water collection system, 100-percent waste recycling and enough land to feed the homeowners may be unattainable. A first step for many homeowners is to transform their front lawns from water-hungry grass to native plants and other hardy perennials. Talking Tree Farm offers edible landscape design consulting for those who want to transform their home lawns into a miniature “food forest” capable of producing crops while minimizing environmental impact. If that is too drastic a step, there are simple permaculture practices accessible to the typical home gardener. Here are five to use in your backyard. 84 |


Choose native plants or those that are well adapted to your locale. Native plants are adapted for our climate and fare better, typically needing less water. Look for and plant food sources that are adapted for the environment and benefit the landscape in some way. Fruit trees can provide food and shade, while herbs can be used to season food and feed bees and other pollinators. The toughest, most adapted plants that produce fruit for our area include Oriental persimmon, pomegranate, blackberries and figs.

Copy natural patterns from the local environment and reproduce as much as possible in your landscape. If you look at natural landscapes across San Antonio, you will notice plants because they are closer to water sources or are native plants able to tap into the water table deep in the soil. Home gardens share those same needs for successful water management. Consider replacing thirsty grass with native plants adapted to our dry, hot summers. If possible, collect rainwater for watering plants. Try to contour land so it retains water better when it does rain, rather than running off. There are many online resources that describe ways to shape your land to divert water for maximum soil absorption. Group plants into meaningful collections. Natural landscapes are rarely a monoculture of one plant type, a common practice in modern agriculture. Permaculture groups plants with compatible roots and shapes into plantings where they can happily grow together. Companion planting — growing plants side by side to encourage each other’s growth — is one aspect. Also think about grouping plants with similar needs, and visualize how they will look at mature heights. You want to make sure you can reach around larger plants to harvest from smaller ones.

Identify microclimates in your yard and divide the space into zones based on use. Every landscape has microclimates. In the cooler, shady corners think of plants that would appreciate a respite from the unrelenting summer afternoon heat. Plants that might freeze if exposed to cold winds could survive if located in sheltered spots that get full sun. Place heavily used features, such as an herb garden, in the most accessible areas closest to your home. Build the soil as much as possible. Good compost supplies both organic matter for soil building and fertilizer for crops and supports beneficial biological activity for your plants. Instead of using chemical fertilizers, choose natural methods of enriching the soil, such as making your own compost or bringing it into your garden. When using mulch, select ones like chopped leaves that break down and add organic matter to the soil.


For more information about permaculture, please visit The Permaculture Research Institute

More information about other permaculture sites in San Antonio: Talking Tree Farm:

Building rich soil using permaculture methods:

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THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S RETIREMENT COMMUNITY: What Makes Retirement Living So Popular By Dawn Robinette

If the phrase “retirement community” brings boring, or old, to mind, you haven’t checked out today’s retirement living options.

From golf, fitness centers, swimming pools

and walking trails to bocce ball, yoga and

tennis courts, today’s retirement communities

are anything but boring. Or old.

“This place is too cool for anyone younger than us,” jokes Gwen Butler, a resident of Kissing Tree, a new community in San Marcos custom-made to be “baby-boomer-centric” by Brookfield Residential. Built on 1,300 acres, the community is the first of its kind in San Marcos and Butler is proud to be one of the first residents. “Fifty-five is not old age,” explains Butler, who actually won’t be 54 until later this year, but lives in the 55 and up community thanks to her husband, Scott, who is 55. “And it’s not a retirement community. About a third of us are still working,” she notes. Age limitations are one of the things that many people don’t understand about retirement communities. For instance, children are allowed to live in the communities as long as they are 19 or older. And grandchildren are welcome to visit up to 60 days a year, which means that they can enjoy all of the amenities in the community as well. “Our kids learned to play bocce ball and pickle ball when they were visiting,” explains Butler. The children also 86 |

played on the community’s 18-hole putting course designed for the younger set. “With all of the activities they can do, it’s like a resort.” Before Kissing Tree, the Butlers were living in what they thought was their forever home. Once their children moved out, they realized it wasn’t ideal. Especially when they considered the upkeep ahead of them. After spending four hours one weekend trying to kill fire ants in their yard, and $5,000 to trim trees off of their roof, they wondered if downsizing made sense. “We had too much room in the house and too much work in the home,” she explains. They toured Kissing Tree and fell in love. Even though the community hadn’t begun construction, the plans and amenities sealed it for them. The community includes indoor and outdoor amenities, fitness centers, pools, the Kissing Tree Golf Course and miles of scenic hike and bike trails. “It has all of these opportunities to be outdoors and active, without having to maintain those spaces ourselves,” Butler explains. “It’s energizing.” Mark Lane, a resident of Del Webb’s Sun City retirement community in Georgetown, echoes Butler. He and his wife, Tammy, moved to Sun City from East Texas last year. “The houses are great, but it’s more than that. We didn’t move here for the house. We moved here for the amenities.” Like the Butlers, the Lanes decided that while they liked their house, the upkeep was more than what they wanted in a forever home. With five acres, a small vineyard, a pool, a barn and a shop, maintaining their house took a lot of time.

“I’d spend all of my time mowing or weedeating, cleaning the pool — all of that,” explains Lane. “Moving into the retirement community, I don’t have any of that. I downsized the amount of work I was doing every weekend. I now spend my time doing what I want to do instead of what I have to do.”

And the community’s amenities provide more than enough options to fill anyone’s time. Del Webb’s new San Antonio community, Hill Country Retreat, features resort-style amenities including a Biergarten, show kitchen, indoor/ outdoor bar, 15 miles of scenic hiking trails, 18-hole golf course, 18-hole putting course, golf clubhouse and restaurant, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts and horseshoe pits. Hundreds of acres are reserved for parks, trails and green space. Classes, clubs, outings and social options also abound at most retirement communities, giving residents the opportunity to connect with others and explore hobbies. “A senior living environment allows you to become yourself again,” notes Butler. “You can investigate new interests and reconnect with old ones. You remember how much fun it was to play outside, or to paint, or have a girlfriends’ lunch. It’s fun making connections with new people.” For Lane, the community gives his wife the fitness options she loves with a new convenience thrown in. “The community is custom-made for that. She can go right out the front door to safely jog, or just walk to the fitness center to work out with her personal trainer.” While Lane is not yet retired, the clubs and activities are something he’s looking forward to. “You can try everything from Bridge to Poker, billiards … a woodshop with computerized tools,” he explains. “There are stained glass classes, photography, pottery, oil painting — just about anything you can think of, there’s a class or a group.” Lane’s community even has both a competitive and a co-ed softball team. But the communities are also filled with beautiful houses — homes that active seniors can enjoy as their forever homes. Butler extols their beauty. “When I come home every day, I feel like I’m on vacation. I walk into this house with amazing Hill Country views and huge windows that let the outside in.” Butler’s advice to others thinking of moving to a retirement community? “Don’t wait! These communities are designed for

you to be active. You want to have time to build connections and rediscover who you are,” she explains.

If you think that retirement community living could be for you, you can check it out first hand through programs like Del Webb’s day pass or overnight pass options, designed to give an insider’s look at what retirement communities are like. But be warned: based on Butler’s and Lane’s experiences, you may never want to leave. may/june 2018 | 87

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THE PM GROUP: The Ad Agency with a Giving Heart By Iris Gonzalez

By any measure of success, The PM Group has become an industry leader in San Antonio’s marketing community. The company is San Antonio’s largest ad agency ranked by gross advertising revenues, by the San Antonio Business Journal. The PM Group’s 24 staff members can also claim another little-known measure of success. Over the past six years The PM Group has raised both directly and indirectly more than $3.5 million, donated directly to nonprofit organizations and other charities in San Antonio. The PM Group’s legacy of giving stretches across its 30 years of operations. Founder and CEO Bob Wills traces his interest in philanthropy to his childhood growing up in Springfield, Mass., when he became acutely aware of his parents’ challenges to provide for him and his siblings. After moving to Texas in 1978, Wills worked in business operations until he decided to launch the ad agency in 1988. Since then, The PM Group has organized annual events on behalf of charitable nonprofit organizations in San Antonio supporting at-risk children, education, family and health services, first responders and pet rescue.

“We’ve always had a strong philanthropic focus at The PM Group,” Wills said. “The last six or seven years have been particularly exciting for us because we have seen a steady rise in the amounts we’ve raised.” The PM Group’s largest annual fundraiser started small but has since grown into one of San Antonio’s top three charitable

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fundraising events. The Kings and Queens of Good Hearts Fun-Raiser was held in February, and this single event raised over $523,829 for 14 different nonprofit organizations. The agency raised $350,000 in 2017, up from $250,000 in 2016 and $175,000 in 2015. For its 20th anniversary in 2008, The PM Agency raised $100,000 for local nonprofits, according to Wills. “Many of these charities are small and can’t organize something like this fundraiser on their own,” said The PM Group’s president and chief operating officer, Fran Yanity. “What we do that is different is organize and host high-quality

events that raise funds for direct donation to charities.” Wills’ wife, Peggy, also helps, working with representatives from each charity as they sell sponsorships to the annual event and procure silent auction items. Each charity gets to keep proceeds from the sponsorship tables and silent auction items sold for the fundraiser. Any extra general fund proceeds are also distributed to the participating charities. In 1996, Bob Wills founded the nonprofit SA YES, which helps Title 1 elementary schools in San Antonio each year by

supplying every student with basic school supplies. In 2017, SA YES distributed over 26,000 school supply kits to students in 40 schools across San Antonio.

“We’re the largest distributor of free school supplies for Title I public elementary schools in South Texas,” said SA YES executive director Danielle Gunter. “We don’t collect from the public, and we distribute the supplies to the schools directly, providing students about $20 in basic supplies.”

The nonprofit SA YES has extremely low overhead costs since its two full-time employees office within The PM Group’s building space, thus saving on rent, office utilities and phone service. The PM Group also underwrites creative services for the education nonprofit. With ambitious stretch goals of servicing more Title 1 schools in San Antonio and expanding services to Title 1 schools in Austin and Corpus Christi, The PM Group’s support allows SA YES to reach those goals sooner to help more families.

“For many families it’s the difference between choosing to spend money on groceries or school supplies, so we enable families to make the choices that support their needs best,” Gunter said.

The Kings and Queens of Good Hearts Fun-Raiser is not the only large-scale philanthropic event The PM Group organizes annually. The SA YES Golf Classic will take place May 21 at the Club at Sonterra, with the Taste of Education fundraising dinner May 20 also benefiting SA YES. The Texas Hold ‘Em tournament June 2 will raise funds for San Antonio Sports, the American Heart Association and UTSA Roadrunner Athletic Fund. The PM Group also contributes to other philanthropic events, such as the 2018 Heart Ball benefiting the American Heart Association.

“We have been blessed with the business and our success,” Wills said. “We take what we’ve earned and give it back to the community. It’s not a handout. What we hope to offer is a hand up.” may/june 2018 | 91

hill country woman


The sleepy, relaxed area of New Braunfels and Gruene just up

Interstate 35 is waking to a new time of growth and opportunity as many are discovering the advantages of Hill Country life.

Our featured women from the area reflect major industry, tourist marketing, and quaint small-town charm in their career choices, and all are excited about where they live and work.

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April Weilbacher & Ashley Landerman 2tarts Bakery

fter spending their early years in Devine and Eagle Pass, sisters and self-proclaimed country girls April Weilbacher and Ashley Landerman viewed New Braunfels as the “big city” when they first moved there with their mother in 1997. The sisters opened 2tarts Bakery with their mom, aka “Mom Tart,” in 2009, when Weilbacher realized she wanted a flexible career while raising her young children and her sister was building a strong clientele as a freelance personal chef. And being a small-town girl at heart, Weilbacher says the opportunities to see her children’s teachers at Wurstfest or city council members at high school games, not to mention her daily 10-minute commute, are some of the best advantages of living there. 94 |

With the growth New Braunfels has seen and with even more to come, she believes the town retains the charm of a close-knit community by placing emphasis on projects that highlight its cultural heritage and enhance the quality of life, attributes she champions as president of the New Braunfels Downtown Association. Her work with the Association was recognized with the Chamber Chair of the Board Award, and she is also a Jaycee’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star. Given the recognition she has received, she continues to volunteer her time in investing in a strong downtown. “We can create major economic stimulation with benefits that ripple throughout the community,” she says.

Crystal Kinman

Marketing Manager Gruene Historic District hen Crystal Kinman began working at theT-shirt shop Cotton Eyed Joe’s as a college student, she didn’t realize she would be forging a long-term career with the Gruene Historic District. Almost 20 years later, she is now a marketing manager with the District, working alongside owners and team members to implement marketing efforts for the eight businesses in the area, including Gruene Hall and Gristmill and the Gruene Merchants Association. She, her two sons, and many other family members still live in New Braunfels, and as the fifth generation to be born and raised in the area, she has pride in her hometown, saying, “It’s a great place to be. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” With its abundance of beautiful parks, rivers, rich history, lively nightlife and music scene, New Braunfels has lots to offer. She sees even more growth coming to the area, believing “the word is out” on the advantages of living there. Bringing in features found in larger towns, such as variety in dining or recreation options, is something Kinman visualizes for her hometown. As the area’s growth continues, she hopes its small-town heritage can be preserved, which community leaders already manage well, ensuring the inclusion of its community members when it comes to decision-making.

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Nelda Juarez

CenterPoint Energy enterPoint Energy’s South Texas District Director Nelda Juarez first came to New Braunfels back in 1983, but it wasn’t until 2006 that she became a permanent resident after relocating there with her daughter through various promotions and moves. Observing the area’s tremendous development and economic growth after all those years showed the benefits of its location along the IH-35 corridor between its north and south neighbors of Austin and San Antonio, something she believes serves as an advantage to living in the area. It provides access to career opportunities unlike other communities, and that plus two great school districts plus the 96 |

proximity to higher education institutions in neighboring Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio are advantages that add to its appeal. Despite all the development and economic growth, she sees the efforts to maintain a foothold on its long-standing traditions: “Our community leaders have done a great job of planning for the future without letting go of our past, more specifically our heritage.” The South Texas native has family living in nearby Austin, and what she enjoys most about New Braunfels is how it gives you the small-town feel with quick access to Austin or San Antonio if you miss the more metropolitan areas. As she puts it, “You get to enjoy the best of both worlds.”

New Braunfels & Gruene EVENT CALENDAR

May 4 Maren Morris Gruene Hall 8 – 11pm May 4 Art in Bloom New Braunfels Art League Gallery 5 – 7:30pm Reception 6:30pm Awards Presentation May 6 Mission: Wurstplex – NB’s Citywide Scavenger Hunt Freiheit Country Store 12 – 4pm

June 1 The Wonders of Water New Braunfels Art League 5 – 7:30pm Reception 6:30pm Awards Presentation June 7 The Bacon Brothers Gruene Hall @ 8pm June 7-8 Landa Park Golf Course 80th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on June 7 at Villa at Gruene, 6pm Golf Tournament on June 8 at Land Park Golf Course at 8:30am

May 7 Croc Encounter Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo 4:30 – 5pm

June 10 Art Haus Pour Haus @ 7pm FREE

May 11 Pure Prairie League Brauntex Theatre 7:30pm

June 16 – 17 Old Gruene Market Days In front of Adobe Verde 10am – 5pm

May 12 John Newcombe Country Club 5k Run/Walk and Kids Dash John Newcombe Country Club 8:45am – 12pm

June 20 Game Night! Wild Game and Board Games! Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater 5 – 10pm

May 13 Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist Gruene Hall 10:30am May 17 Come and Taste It The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District 5 – 8pm May 19 – 20 Old Gruene Market Days In front of Adobe Verde 10am – 5pm June 1 The Isaacs Brauntex Theatre 7:30pm

June 30 Firecracker Open Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs Golf, lunch and prizes! 8am – 1pm Two Ton Tuesday Every Tuesday, join Kevin Geil and his band and rock out to the sound that blends the best of musical worlds (high-energy country meets raw punk). Gruene Hall @ 7 – 10pm Friday Afternoon Club Every Friday, Gruene Hall invites you to enjoy happy hour and celebrate the warm weather with great beer prices, prize giveaways and the best Texas tunes! may/june 2018 | 97


hill country eats

San Antonio Woman has selected the top twenty restaurants in New Braunfels/ Gruene local women will want to visit! Take a road trip or two, and check them out! THE RIVER HOUSE TEA ROOM Home cooked meals served with fresh, local ingredients and known for afternoon tea with entrees and desserts in a charming setting including a shady patio. 1617 New Braunfels St., New Braunfels 830-608-0690 UNION STATION DINER Casual, quaint family operated classic diner for breakfast and lunch. Decorated with train memorabilia. 512 E San Antonio St, New Braunfels 830-627-1727 BUTTERMILK CAFÉ American comfort foods from buttermilk pancakes to fried okra served in a cheery atmosphere with an upscale twist. Opens daily at 7am. 1324 East Common Street, New Braunfels 830-625-8700 2TARTS BAKERY Scratch baking of cakes, pastries and cookies, plus a light café menu all served in a colorful eclectic setting 139 N. Castell, New Braunfels 830-387-4606 FORK & SPOON PATIO CAFÉ & BAKERY A varied menu of timeless favorites, fresh baked goods, and served with juices, wines, or cold beer. 651 N. Bus I-35, Suite 1150 at The Marketplace, New Braunfels 830-626-6999 ALPINE HAUS GERMAN RESTAURANT A beautiful historic 163-year-old landmark building helps create an intimate setting for this boutique restaurant serving German fare. Seating is limited and reservations encouraged. 251 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels 830-214-0205 CROSSWALK COFFEE HOUSE & CAFÉ Quaint coffee house in historic downtown area serving sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, breakfast, and varied coffee offerings. 471-A Main Plaza, New Braunfels 830-620-7200 HUISACHE GRILL AND WINE BAR An intimate and casual eatery known for excellent food served with fresh regional ingredients. Extensive wine list. 303 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels 830-620-9001 NEW BRAUNFELS SMOKEHOUSE A local and tourist favorite known for the hickory smoked BBQ of several meats. Casual atmosphere for dinning in or drive-through and take out. 1090 I-35BL, New Braunfels 830-625-2416

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CRAVINGS Made for scratch unique American menu of specialty sandwiches, soups,wraps and more. Large dine-in and dine-out location in downtown New Braunfels. 712 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels 830-626-2728 THE RED OAK BAKERY From bacon cheddar scones to fresh juicy burgers, this casual eatery is a favorite for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Also serves gluten free options. 596 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels 830-609-9912 MCADOO’S SEAFOOD COMPANY An upscale setting in a converted post office serving Cajun-style seafood and cocktails. 196 N. Castell Ave. New Braunfels 830-629-3474 THE DOWNTOWNER A modern, casual eatery serving American/Southern cuisine, supporting local, farm fresh suppliers. 208 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels 830-627-9080 HERBERT’S A fun, casual spot with lots of outdoor seating near a playground and occasional live music. Serving traditional Mexican dishes. 1440 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels 830-626-9323 GENNARO’S LA CUCINA ITALIANA Italian eatery with a charming, rustic atmosphere and a wood fired pizza oven serving authentic recipes handed down through three generations from the Southern Italian coast. 1304 E. Common St., New Braunfels 830-629-2230 CASA GARCIA Tex-Mex favorites served all-day until closing at 10pm in a bright colorful setting. 1691 Texas 46, 335, New Braunfels 830-608-8026 OMA GRUENE’S SECRET GARTEN A casual gathering spot for beer, live music, and American favorites in a relaxed garden setting. 1263 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels 830-625-1045 GRUENE RIVER GRILL Enjoy sitting on a riverside deck with beautiful views in a rustic setting. Eat from an extensive American menu which includes seafood, steaks, and ribs. 1259 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels 830-624-2300 THE GRISTMILL RIVER RESTAURANT & BAR Originally an 1878 cotton gin, this popular eatery serves local favorites on a shady patio with river views. Occasional live music. Includes a kid’s menu. 1287 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels 830-625-0684 THE GRUENE DOOR A perfect quaint brunch or lunch eatery with fresh, original, chef inspired dishes served in a warm, relaxed space with an extensive wine list. 2360 Gruene Lake Drive, New Braunfels 830-629-2600 may/june 2018 | 99


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Passion, Energy & a Love of Life: LINDSAY VASQUEZ BY DAWN ROBINETTE


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he name Sunshine Cottage alone is enough to bring a smile to your face. But stepping through the doors of Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children will shower you in happiness, especially if you cross paths with Lindsay Vasquez. She exudes an infectious, joyful energy as a third grade teacher who truly loves her job. “I come from a family of nurturers. I know what it’s like to be a loved child, and I’ve been able to see what it’s like for children who don’t always get that,” she explains. “I just love to love children and make them feel loved. Being able to watch the kids be happy at school and be excited to learn, then see them have those ‘light bulb’ moments when everything clicks and they say, ‘Oh, I get it now,’ — I don’t care how long you teach, you still get chills.” Deaf education was foreign to Vasquez, who was exploring a career in speech pathology. But after hearing a presentation on UTSA’s Health Science Center’s Master of Deaf Education and Hearing Science program, she was intrigued. She applied to the program but wasn’t sure she’d get in — and she wasn’t sure what she should do about applying for jobs. As she was preparing for a job fair, her fate was decided. “The day before the job fair, I got a call that I got in the program,” she says. Vasquez, 30, holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies from UTSA, as well as a master’s in deaf education and hearing science from UT Health San Antonio. She’s currently pursuing her listening and spoken language specialist (LSLS) certification. She was introduced to Sunshine Cottage as a graduate assistant in the school’s pre-kindergarten program. She fell in love with the school. “The camaraderie and the team are huge here. Anyone at any time is willing to help you,” she says. A true San Antonio treasure, Sunshine Cottage has a goal of providing children who are deaf or hard of hearing the auditory and oral foundation to become independent and active participants of the hearing world. The children utilize state-of-the-art hearing technology to develop listening and spoken language to communicate naturally and effectively without the use of sign language. Vasquez looks forward to working with her students every day. “They’re so nurtured here. They’re very outgoing and loving. They feel safe. They’re very much themselves,” she explains. “I love watching their growth. Not just the academics, not just the language, but behaviorally and socially. I love watching them

grow as little people.” As she talks about the school and the students, passionate — the word that she feels best describes her — becomes evident: “I like to think of myself as someone who really embraces the world. You have to grab life by the horns. Passionate works because I’m in love with my job, I’m in love with the people I’m surrounded by, and I love life.” As much as Vasquez adores her job, she is quick to keep her personal and work life separate. “You have to compartmentalize because your heart is split,” she explains. “You have half of your heart here at school because it’s such an amazing job and you care so much about all of these kiddos that it’s hard to stop thinking about them when you leave, but you also owe that to your family. “There’s always going to be more work to do, so if you choose to prioritize and stop thinking about it, you’re never going to be able to dedicate your whole self to anything else. There’s nothing that can’t wait until tomorrow,” she notes. “When they say you work to live, not live to work, that’s so true,” she observes. “You have to love your job because otherwise, what’s the point? You work all the time. You need to enjoy it because otherwise, life is going to flash past you, and you’ll wonder where it all went.” With a cheerful disposition and seemingly limitless energy, the born-and-bred San Antonio native considers herself an optimistic realist. “I know realistically what’s going to happen, but I like to think it could be a perfect world,” she laughs. That positive attitude is something she feels is important — and that she works to protect, explaining, “You have to be able to rejuvenate. I feel like people undervalue emotional health. It’s all about physical health, but your mental and emotional health are just as

important. If you’re not mentally and emotionally healthy, satiated and balanced, your physical health will suffer. “You have to be able to rejuvenate,” Vasquez notes, which for her includes family time enjoying all that San Antonio and the Hill Country have to offer. “Just enjoy the moment, whether that’s going on a walk, watching a movie or reading a book.” Paired with her positive outlook, those downtime activities also help her manage stress as well. “Everything is manageable. It’s not controllable, but it’s manageable,” she explains. “Look at the big picture, make an end game, and then plan out your steps. You can usually find a way to get to it.” Since her initial career plan isn’t the path she ultimately followed, Vasquez offers others an example of what can happen when you follow your heart: “’Follow your heart until your head tells you otherwise’ and ‘When in doubt — or when certain — pray about it’ are the two pieces of advice I live and die by.

“If there’s something you feel you might be interested in, try it. Just dip your feet in to see if it’s something you could pursue. There is something bigger there — you just have to try it.”

“Put yourself out there. You’ll find a way to make it work.” But if it doesn’t, that’s all right, too. “Never be scared to make changes. Maybe it’s no longer satisfying. Then it’s time to make a change. Follow your heart until your head tells you otherwise.” may/june 2018 | 101


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ROB VOGT Vogt Auction Galleries By Jasmina Wellinghoff Photography by Janet Rogers


ob Vogt joined Vogt Auction Galleries in 2005 and is currently the company’s director in charge of operations, branding and online marketing, as well as performing auctions for charitable organizations. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a journalism degree, Vogt pursued a career in both print and TV reporting/editing, including stints at the San Antonio Express-News and two NBC-affiliated stations in Texas. He also spent four years as a senior producer at Yahoo in Silicon Valley. Founded by his father, Gene Vogt, in 1975, Vogt Auction has sold $130 million worth of merchandise since that time, hosted 200,000 attendees and handled more than 5,000 estates. It now holds 55 live auctions a year in-house and online. The company specializes in American and European furniture, Texas art, historic firearms, estate jewelry, silver, Persian rugs and more.

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Were you involved in your father’s business growing up? The business and I are exactly the same age. I am 43 and so is Vogt Auction. I literally grew up with it. My first job at the auction house was to pick up little pieces of debris out of the carpet. I then graduated to furniture polishing and cleaning the glass with Windex and paper towels. I was working my way up. Yet, as a young adult, you chose a career in journalism. What brought you back to the family business? As a journalist, you write stories about people who are building concrete things with their lives. I decided I was going to go to the other side, I was going to build things. It was very important to me to see my family’s legacy continue, because I knew my parents had worked very hard. I had seen over the years the excitement and freedom of the entrepreneurial world, and that appealed to me.

How did you change Vogt Auction? I opened the digital door. For a legacy business such as ours, it was a big change. We were used to people coming here to attend auctions in person. So it was a big and scary change to become comfortable with people bidding online … People are online now, the front door is online, not on the street anymore. The pace of change is accelerating in our industry, and if we want to grow, we need to keep up with change. There is also a move toward consolidation in the auction market. Most auction houses have gone out of business in the last 10-15 years. Younger people are not showing up. How are you reaching the younger crowd? We need to find them where they are (online), and we need to speak to them in their language, in brief and clear ways, and appeal to their sense of individuality and authenticity, which is really a natural fit for antiques. Every piece is different, and every piece has a story. If you buy it, no one else will have the same thing. And we have seen an increase in online participation. Last Saturday, for instance, for our sterling silver auction, we had 128 people here and more than 3,000 bidding online.

So what is in demand these days?

Midcentury modern has been hot for years, the true Scandinavian clean look, very popular. Lately, however, more traditional styles and decorative pieces have been coming back, such as Victorian furniture, Louis XV and Louis XVI French styles, baroque and ornate pieces, church and Gothic pieces. It’s an interesting shift. And silver is very trendy.

Where and how do you find all these treasures? We mainly rely on a network of pickers in several European countries who find the things at the source and send them to us. That’s combined with objects that come from local San Antonio estates. We work with institutions as well, like bank trust departments, probate lawyers and the like. According to your website, Vogt Auction handled the estate of Marion Koogler McNay and more recently that of Linda Pace, the founder of Artpace. Tell us about those. We have worked with every museum in town. In the McNay case, those were extra estate objects that the museum had in its collection and wanted to deaccession. The magic of these auctions is the pairing of a well-known personality with objects that tell the story of their lives. That’s when we are overwhelmed with interest. The Pace auction was extremely well attended, and everything sold really high. Do you enjoy being the auctioneer? Yes, it’s a lot of fun. It’s taken me a long time to become good at

it. There’s a lot going on in those moments that you, as the auctioneer, have to consider to do a good job. But everyone is there to have a good time, so even if you tell a bad joke, people laugh. Gene, my father, is extremely funny. Everyone knows him, and he continues to be our lead auctioneer. Why do auctioneers speak in that almost incomprehensible, fast, rhythmic way we have all seen in movies? (Laughs) It’s called “the chant.” Basically, it’s trying to create a sense of urgency and sort of put the audience in a hypnotic state. There are also filler words, the gobbledygook that comes between the numbers. Those are actual words but spoken really fast, so they sound like nonsense. We don’t do that here, but that’s what auctions are famous for. Anything special happening in the May-June period? We are doing a Summer Luxury Estates Auction in June, which is very exciting. It’s a new category for us that includes designer couture, handbags, fine jewelry and high-end designer glassware such as Baccarat and Tiffany. Do San Antonians bring you heirlooms to evaluate? Yes, everyone has an old thing in their house that they are curious about. We have five appraisers on staff. Occasionally something valuable shows up. Recently, someone brought us a painting that was hanging in the family’s grandmother’s house for decades. It was very dirty, and they didn’t know who the artist was. It turned out to be an original by Robert Wood, and we estimated the value at $30,000. They were shocked! Tell us about some really unusual items that you auctioned off. Well, this is kind of morbid, but a couple of years ago we sold a hangman’s noose from the Colorado State Penitentiary that was reportedly used to hang six men. We also found an old Rolls-Royce from 1961 in a barn in Boerne. It had been covered up for decades, and the family had forgotten about it… We sold it for $22,000. In 2013 we auctioned off the chair that President Kennedy sat on when he visited Brooks AFB the day before his assassination. I heard that you came into the possession of a diary written by Blanche Barrow, who was part of the Bonnie and Clyde gang. Ah, yes! The producers of Pawn Stars, the show on the History Channel, called us to see if we had anything interesting to pitch to the pawn shop (featured on the show). I knew of this diary by Blanche Barrow, which was found by Blanche’s friend who lived in Kerrville. A friend of mine in Fredericksburg had acquired the diary, and he let me take it on Pawn Stars. The show aired in November 2017, and millions of people saw it. However, I refused to sell the manuscript for the price they offered to pay, and I ended up selling it here at Vogt Auction for twice that amount ($4,800). may/june 2018 | 103




Live music by Ben Beckendorf on Saturday and Bryan Anders on Sunday.

The Historic Pearl

4 – 8pm Local vendors from the Pearl Farmers Market will now join Pearl every First Thursday evening of each month! Live music and

dining and shopping will also take over Pearl, offering a chance to eat, sip and explore goods while shopping local.


Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 12 – 5pm Celebrating all things lavender. Lavender cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting will be taking place.

May 12-June 10 STEEL MAGNOLIAS Sheldon Vexler Theatre

Steel Magnolias is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes, and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin.


Hosted annually by San Antonio’s Guadalupe

Cultural Arts Center, the Tejano Conjunto Festival is a springtime event featuring Conjunto Hall of Fame award winners and other national and international conjunto musicians.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

6 – 10pm Brews and Blooms is a fun and casual evening for adults 21 and


It’s the place to see San Antonio’s best chefs all in one place, and all you pay is the price of admission to rub elbows with some of the brightest stars in our city. Not to mention, taste, taste and taste some more of the culinary creations they’ve designed.

May 18-19 DR. SEUSS IN BLOOM! NCG STANDARD FLOWER SHOW San Antonio Garden Center, Inc.

Friday: 1 – 4pm; Saturday: 10am – 4pm The works of the beloved children’s author and illustrator, Theodor Geisel, inspires the San Antonio Garden Center’s Annual National Garden Club

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | The Majestic Theater | An American in Paris is a reborn classic and now a Tony Award winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris together with the unforgettable music by George and Ira Gershwin.

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June 12-17

Arts & Entertainment

Standard Flower Show, Dr. Seuss in Bloom. Come view the unique floral designs, photography and horticulture based on Dr. Seuss themed books. Free admission and open to the public.

older. Craft brew sampling, food booths, live music and adult activities, all set in the gorgeous flowering Botanical Garden. Brews and Blooms isn’t your typical beer garden!

May 18-27 A WRINKLE IN TIME The Magik Theatre

Check website for showtimes. Adapted from the Newbery Award-winning book by Madeleine L’Engle, who is known for works that reflect both her Christian faith and her interest in science. This young adult novel is a coming-of-age classic, a sci-fi fantasy cult favorite, and a moral examination of good and evil.

May 26 THE EASTSIDE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Wheatley Heights Sports Complex

12 – 6pm This event will feature some of the best food trucks in San Antonio. Attendees can expect phenomenal live entertainment, a wild Kid


2018 Zone, intriguing and informative vendor booths and so much more! Local artists such as Billy Ray Sheppard and Carmen De Azurca Morena will be featured.

June 8-10 TEXAS FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Hosted at the Institute of Texan Cultures, this three day cultural extravaganza brings more than 40 ethnic groups together in one place to showcase their authentic food, traditional music and dance and authentic crafts.

June 12 MAROON 5 AT&T Center

8pm Sing and dance to American pop rock band, Maroon 5.

Japanese Tea Garden

This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Limited seating is available but guests are welcome to

bring portable lawn chairs - dancing is encouraged! KRTU's Jazz in the Garden is presented in partnership with the San Antonio Parks Foundation and Fresh Horizons Creative Catering.

June 14 A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN CUSACK Tobin Center H-E-B Performance Hall

7:30pm See Hollywood icon John Cusack at The Tobin Center for a live conversation and audience Q&A! With four decades’ worth of roles in over 70 films, John Cusack will share stories from his career, answer audience questions, and give a behind-the-scenes look into his breakout role as Lloyd Dobler, following a screening of the iconic 1989 film Say Anything.

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the Plaza series at The Tobin Center.




57th celebration of the annual peach crop, including peach judging, crowning of the Peach Queen, parade, peach eating, pit spitting, food, music and rodeo. Gates open each evening at 6pm. Mutton busting at 6:45pm. Rodeo at 8pm Friday followed by a concert and dance. Parade at 10am on Saturday; rodeo at 8pm Saturday followed by a concert and dance. Daytime activities on Saturday are free.

June 23 JOYFLOW Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza

9am JoyRide brings JOYFlow, a yoga practice specifically designed for JOYriders, to let your energy flow, focusing on alignment, breath and mind/muscle connection. A practice that will enhance your JoyRides, your training and your day! Open to all fitness levels. The event is a part of the University Health System Fitness on

June 16August 25 JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo gets even wilder at night during Jungle Boogie Nights! When the sun goes down, the zoo will transform into a roaring good time every Saturday night, June 16 August 25 from 5-9 pm Guests can enjoy the cooler evening temperatures along with live music and happy hour specials on beverages. There will even be food trucks and fun family games.


In honor of our nation's independence, patriotic luminarias will glow on the downtown banks of the River Walk to enhance the already beautiful ambiance. Bud Light Stars, Strips & Lights is free to enjoy. This star-spangled display runs from sundown on June 29 through the night of July 4, 2018.

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We all know women have distinctive tastes when it comes to dining out. So, ladies, this restaurant guide is custom tailored just for you. Let us know about your favorite places on Instagram. ( Bon appetit! LA PANADERÍA A unique eatery specializing in handmade bread and pan dulce from Mexican family recipes handed down from generation to generation. $

Coffee, Tea, Treats

301 E. Houston St. 78205 8305 Broadway 78209

Breakfast & Brunch Rosella at the Garden

ROSELLA AT THE GARDEN A new coffee shop and eatery at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with outdoor and indoor dining, fresh roasted brews, and lunch fare. $

Shavano Park, Leon Springs, Alamo Heights, Pearl Brewery, Medical Center and Stone Oak.

BAKERY LORRAINE A French-style bakeshop set in a remodeled home and serving coffee, muffins, scones, breakfast, lunch…and known for macarons. $ 306 Pearl Parkway, #110, 78215 (locations also in The Rim, DoSeum, and Medical Center)


18 OAKS IN THE JW MARRIOTT HILL COUNTRY RESORT & SPA A modern, scenic location serving a signature Sunday brunch with prime carving stations, fresh seafood, breakfast offerings, mimosas and sweets. $$


CAPPY’S Mimosas to truffled scrambled eggs with crab and lobster in a Champagne butter sauce, this is a perfect brunch setting in Alamo Heights and loved by locals. $$

eatery with serious spins on Southern cooking. $$

2195 NW Military in Castle Hills

EARL ABEL’S Serving comfort food since 1933, now in fun new location with a classic menu. $$ 1639 Broadway St. 78215

FORMOSA GARDEN Popular Asian eatery with traditional Chinese food and an extensive wine list. $$ 1011 NE Interstate Loop 410


CAPPYCCINO’S BISTRO Casual dining offering highquality hamburgers, pizzas, salads, soups and sandwiches. Bistro and patio dining available. $$ 5003 Broadway

5011 Broadway

GUENTHER HOUSE Stunning home setting at Pioneer Flour Mills in King William serving traditional American brunch both outdoors and indoors. Features museum tour. $$

FEDERICK’S BISTRO A must try version of pho at this Asian-French fusion restaurant in an elegant setting. $$$ 14439 NW Military

205 E. Guenther

SAN ANTONIO’S PIG STAND Yes, this campy pig-themed

CLEMENTINE Power chef-couple, John and Elise Russ, run a casual neighborhood

Our favorties after a show, or just after hours


1508 Broadway St. 78215

23808 Resort Parkway, 78261

555 Funston Pl, 78209

LOCAL COFFEE Completely focused on the taste and quality of the coffee, including their own Merit Roasting Company brand, in an eclectic neighborhood settings. $

eatery is open for a traditional Southern brunch complete with bacon, grits, greens, and a jukebox. Weekends only and a senior menu during the week. $

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE Enjoy a popular steakhouse experience with special sides, and

a complete wine list and drinks.

$$$ 7720 Jones Maltsberger 600 E. Market St. 17803 La Cantera Terrace

2512 N. Main in Monte Vista

SIGNATURE AT LA CANTERA RESORT AND SPA Enjoy exquisite Texas cuisine by chef Andrew Weissman in a rustic setting. $$$ 16401 La Cantera Parkway

J-PRIME STEAKHOUSE Elegant NY-style setting for premium Brazilian steaks and seafood. Featuring a complete wine list. $$ 1401 North Loop 1604 W

TIU STEPPI’S OSTERIA Extensive wine list accompanies unique pastas and pizza served in a rustic Italian setting with indoor and outdoor dining. $$ 17230 Bulverde Rd. 78247

Happy Hour BLISS Chef Mark Bliss is noted for putting San Antonio on the map in fine dining. This restored former filling station in trendy Southtown features his best New American fare with a wellstocked wine list and excellent service. $$$ 926 S. Presa St.

THE WINCHESTER, PINTS AND PLATES Old English pub atmosphere known for excellent service, hamburgers, beer and fun. $$ 5148 Broadway

PIATTI AT EILAN Beautiful scenery and modern location with locally sourced menu and popular happy hour, M-F 3pm and Saturday 2pm. $$ 1703 La Cantera Terrace, 78256

NONNA OSTERIA The best of artisan northern Italian cuisine served fresh daily in the historic Fairmont Hotel. The bread is made as soon as it is ordered. $$ 401 S. Alamo

HIGH STREET WINE COMPANY A rustic modern wine bar serving by the bottle or glass with small-bite options. $$ 302 Pearl Parkway #104, 78215

Late Night

STONEWERKS BIG ROCK GRILLE One of the most popular happy hours in town, with TV viewing, modern settings, and great drinks. $$ 999 E. Basse Rd, 1201 N. Loop 1604 W

HANZO Popular casual gastropub for creative cocktails, Japanese beer, and unique Oriental cuisine. $$ 7701 Broadway, #124

Wine and Dine PERIPHERY Rustic, intimate eatery where American Southern and Italian favorites collide. $$

MAX’S WINE DIVE – QUARRY VILLAGE A new late night comfort food menu, including fried chicken and Champagne. Open M-Th until 12am; Fri-Sat until 1 am. $$ 340 E. Basse Road

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MI TIERRA CAFÉ & BAKERY Open 24 hours with classic Tex-Mex fare, baked goods, margaritas and mariachis. A San Antonio landmark in Market Square. $$ 218 Produce Row

BARBARO Wood-fired pizza and a full bar in this rustic Monte Vista eatery open 11am-midnight. $$ 2720 McCullough, 78212

JIM’S FAMILY RESTAURANTS A San Antonio staple for 70 years, Jim’s has locations throughout the city with most opened 24 hours. They offer classic Americana and diner cooking and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every hour. $

C’EST LA VIE BAKING COMPANY A casual, friendly bakery with an open kitchen, serving homebaked goods, and light fare from local farms and artisans. $

MING’S NOODLE BAR Unique take on Chinese noodle bowls and buns. Gluten Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian Options served from restored box car. $ 5253 McCullough

LEON VALLEY CAFÉ Simple building, elaborate tastes run by chef Eduardo Reyes and family. Daily specials from polenta spinach fried egg to homemade apple pie. $$ 6417 Evers Road

SCUZZI’S @LEON SPRINGS Family-friendly Italian eatery with a patio and plenty of window space. Presents a vast wine list and cocktails. $$ 24165 West Interstate 10, #433

LOGGIA CAFÉ IN THE ST. ANTHONY HOTEL Chef John Zaner serves a unique upscale menu designed with local Texas farms and ranchlands in this beautiful setting overloooking Travis Park downtown. $$$ 300 East Travis St. 78205

EL JARRO Whether you choose Tex-Mex or gourmet Mexican fare, you’ll find it is delicious with famous margaritas and drinks. $$ Highway 281S at Bitters

LA FONDA ON MAIN Historic vintage setting for a local Tex-Mex favorite. Outdoor dining and a full drink menu. $$ 2415 N.Main Ave.

ROSARIO’S IN SOUTHTOWN Classic, signature Mexican dishes in a fun, trendy setting. A favorite of locals and tourists. $$ 910 S. Alamo Rosariossa/homepage.php

ALDACO’S STONE OAK 40-90 people 210-494-0561

BOUDRO’S 20-800 people 210-224-1313

BIGA ON THE BANKS 2-400 people 210-225-0722

CARMENS DE LA CALLE CAFE 40-80 people 210-737-8272

GRAND HYATT SAN ANTONIO Achiote River Cafe: 30-150 Bar Rojo: 30-60 210-224-1234

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 20-240 people 210-451-6010

TEXAS DE BRAZIL 15-45 people 210-299-1600

TRE ENOTECA Chic, modern setting by chef Jason Dady featuring small plates and unique creations of pizza, steak and seafood. Make reservations. $$

OLD SAN FRANCISCO STEAKHOUSE 50-700 people 210-342-2323

555 West Bitters Road in Artisan’s Alley

EL MILAGRITO CAFÉ Casual family-owned eatery with traditional Tex-Mex breakfast and lunch favorites since 1969. $ 521 E. Woodlawn 78212

JERUSALEM GRILL Traditional Middle Eastern cooking featuring falafel, Jerusalem salad, grape leaves, gyros, hummus, and freshbaked nan. $$ 3529 Wurzbach 78238

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THE BARN DOOR Up to 130 people 210-824-0116

Best Kept Secrets

6458 N. New Braunfels (Sunset Ridge Shopping Center)

11203 West Ave. fb: Godai-Sushi-Bar-andRestaurant

6322 N. New Braunfels

BOSS BAGEL & COFFEE Unique bagels, smears and coffees from exceptional farms, created by chef Brannon Soileau. $


LA FONDA ON MAIN Up to 16 people 210-260-8068

TWIN SISTERS BAKERY & CAFÉ A relaxed, quirky café known for unique soups, brunch, and organic wine and beer. $

Eclectic & Eccentric

Private Dining

#Only in SA

8055 West Ave. #107 fb: CestLaVieBakingCo

Check website for location nearest you.

GODAI SUSHI BAR & JAPANESE RESTAURANT Enjoy patio dining at this popular, high energy eatery serving traditional/fusion sushi and Japanese entrees. $$

9210 Wurzbach Rd 78240 New location in Stone Oak on Hwy 1604 W soon to open

RANGE Another great restaurant by chef Jason Dady and featuring cocktails mixed tableside, steaks, and seafood in an elegant setting. $$$ 1125 E. Houston St.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE, RIVERWALK Up to 100 people 210-227-8847

BOILER HOUSE TEXAS GRILL & WINE GARDEN Up to 270 people 210-354-4644



Tiu Steppi's Osteria Offers Many Happy Hours for Diners By Iris Gonzalez

ead the definition of an Italian osteria, and one discovers these are welcoming wine bars that have evolved to serve local specialties such as pasta and grilled meat or fish, catering to diners looking for a satisfying meal after work, with some liquid refreshment thrown in for good measure. Tiu Steppi's on Bulverde Road is a restaurant that meets this standard as a great neighborhood place to relax and have a drink or two while enjoying Italian specialties. Tiu Steppi’s Osteria serves the happy hour crowd, after-school families stopping in for an early dinner and couples enjoying a casual date night. It’s open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, with plenty of free parking at its location in the Bulverde Marketplace Shopping Center. Steve Warner was the chef and owner who originally helped open the restaurant in November 2015. He sold his interest in the establishment to his partners in 2017. That partnership, Bwarner Farace, LLC now owns and runs the restaurant, as well as two other locations — 110 |

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one at Braun Road and Loop 1604 and a second eatery at the Texas cuisine-focused Two Step Restaurant and Cantina. Steven Ybarra has been Tui Steppi’s general manager since its opening and thinks of the osteria as a place that families and millennial urbanites alike can enjoy. “Everything is made in-house except for the pasta,” Ybarra said. “That applies to everything from antipasti to our hand-tossed pizzas and chef ’s specials, to our selection of desserts.” Their happy hour is among the best in San Antonio — and not just because of the extensive happy hour appetizer selection for $5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The other five days of the week, Tiu Steppi’s happy hour lasts twice as long, from 4 p.m. until their 10 p.m. closing time. Their rotating craft beer selection ranges from local producers like Busted Sandal and Branchline to national craft beers such as Italy’s Perroni Natro and Azzurro. The restaurant also has a variety of wines available at lower price points. “Our prices per glass for wine, as well as our bottle prices, are com-

CLOCKWISE: The impressive pennycovered wood burning oven is where pizzas become masterpieces. The Margherita Pizza is one of seven specialty pizzas cooked in the flames. Panacotta with Raspberry Sauce is one of several authentic Italian desserts. The Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken is among several lighter fares. This one includes red onion, Kalamata olives, feta, and roasted red peppers pepperoncini. Chicken Picatta is one of the Signature Dishes and a customer favorite cooked with artichokes, mushrooms, prosciutto, shallots, pasta in a white wine lemon butter sauce.

petitive with what’s available in San Antonio and probably among the lowest prices in the city,” Ybarra said. As one enters the restaurant, the unmistakable smell of baking pizza dough steadily escaping from the penny-covered Italian brick pizza oven beckons. You may even catch the scent of Tui Steppi’s popular garlic knots, crusty pizza rolls enveloped in garlicky butter and baked in the wood-burning stove. Make room for the garlic knots; they are worth the gluten-laden calories. If you must avoid gluten, ask for the gluten-free pizza, garlic knots or pasta instead. Tui Steppi’s offers delicious gluten-free versions of their breads and pasta dishes. Signature dishes include the chicken piccata, which is one of their most popular entrees. The sautéed chicken breasts come with perfectly cooked artichoke hearts, crispy prosciutto pieces and a tender mix of wild mushrooms, accompanied by just enough lemon and white wine butter sauce seasoned with shallots and capers. Lighter entrees include different salads, such as the Greek salad that can be ordered with grilled chicken or shrimp.

Pizzas range from the classic Pizza Margherita — the typical Neapolitan pizza made with San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella, garnished with ribbons of fresh basil — to the Italian pizza, heaped high with deli-sliced pepperoni, soppressata — a type of Italian dry salami, slices of house-made Italian sausage and a mix of mozzarella and Asiago cheeses. “That Italian pizza is our No. 1 seller,” Ybarra said. Desserts include panna cotta, tiramisu, vanilla crème brulee and a chocolate and cappuccino flavored torte. If your hankering for Italian food does not include sitting in the restaurant, Tiu Steppi’s delivers or can take your phone order for pickup. For both Mother’s and Father’s Days, Tiu Steppi’s will offer a special dinner menu, with more details available on its website. With its variety of craft beers and reasonably priced wines, its many entrees and gluten-free options, the large portions, generous happy hours and casual ambiance, there’s always a reason to visit Tui Steppi’s Osteria. may/june 2018 | 111

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