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103 16 PROFILE Helen Loring Dear carries on a 100-year old family business, following in the footsteps of three generations. She serves families with poise, compassion and understanding.
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20 GAME CHANGERS Three courageous woman saw a need and took a chance to protect this beautiful state, better the lives of those around them, and help children continue to learn.
63 WOMEN IN BUSINESS These dynamite women help put the puzzle pieces together for those looking to navigate the waters of commercial real estate.
49 Dossier: Veterinarians & Pet Care 69 Women in Commercial Real Estate 83 2018 March of Dimes
103 HILL COUNTRY WOMAN Spanning the Boerne and Comfort area, three women pursued their passions to build lives and businesses in the Texas Hill Country.
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PUBLISHER J. Michael Gaffney EDITOR Susan Thornton COPY EDITOR Haylee Uptergrove FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR Aquila Mendez-Valdez ARTS EDITOR Jasmina Wellinghoff CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Robyn Barnes, Iris Gonzalez, Berit Mason, Pamela Miller, Jennifer O’Neill, Dawn Robinette, Carla Royder, Haylee Uptergrove PHOTOGRAPHY Janet Rogers, Al Rendon, David Teran
Susan Thornton, Editor
dear readers, Like many young people, Helen Loring Dear’s first job was working in the family business. Today, she carries on the legacy that her great grandfather started 100 years ago. She is a delightful woman, and also a wife and mother working in a very nontraditional field. Having some very large shoes to fill from three generations of men in her family, Helen gives us a glimpse into how things have changed in the mortuary industry through the years. For some, change can be daunting. For our Game Changers, it has been exciting. In this issue, you will meet three women who stepped away from their careers to start something new and are loving it! I think you’ll enjoy the stories of Alice Strunk, Ma Harper and Carol Espenson. Reading about them may just inspire you to make the career change that you’ve always dreamed of. The home in this issue is lovely! Actress-turned-homebuilder Cheryl Ladd gives San Antonio Woman a sneak peek into her own beautiful home in the Texas Hill Country. She and her husband, Bryan Russell, who have spent much of their lives in the entertainment industry share a love for home buying, remodeling and building. Our Women in Business section introduces you to four dynamic women making big contributions in commercial real estate in San Antonio. One of the special sections in this issue is the Women in Commercial Real Estate directory with information on other women making a difference in commercial real estate in our city. We have other special sections for September and October as well, such as our 2018 Home Builders who make San Antonio an even more wonderful place to live, our Dossier that spotlights some amazing veterinarians and finally, our annual March of Dimes section is full of information on newborn health. As we go to press and I give each article a final read, I am reminded that San Antonio has some of the most dynamic women in the world. We’re strong, passionate and driven. If there are any women in your life that you feel have stories worth sharing, please contact us. We are passionate about the women in our community, and I hope you see that through the pages of our newest issue.
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BY JASMINA WELLINGHOFF hen Porter Loring, Sr. decided to open a funeral home back in 1918, he spelled out his business philosophy. “It was true I was going to bury the dead, but I wasn’t going to be an undertaker,” he wrote. “Instead, I was going to operate a mortuary – one that had respect for the dead and sympathy for the families who came to it. I was determined to have this philosophy expressed in all the ways I could create, and to ensure every one of my employees would radiate this belief in their work, language and manner of loving.” Today, 100 years later, his greatgranddaughter, Helen Loring Dear, the president of Porter Loring Mortuaries, is still guided by those same beliefs. “I have always felt that I had big shoes to fill,” said the slim, petite Loring Dear who became president in 2015 (her father is still CEO). “Not many companies reach the 100-year mark. I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish and of our co-workers, who have always been the foundation of our business. As the 4th generation of the family, I feel that self-imposed pressure to carry on the family’s legacy.” At Porter Loring, the focus is always on the person who passed away and the grieving family. “We try to provide the services that they would like to have, and 16 | sawoman.com
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we treat each family as if it were the only one we are serving,” she explained. The privacy of the families is so fiercely protected that she declined to mention even in the most general terms some of the recent situations she had to handle. Though she is the president, Loring Dear still works as one of the funeral directors who regularly meets with the grieving families to plan the services, and she is always present to supervise the proceedings and make sure that every detail is perfect for them. It’s not an easy job. “It’s very emotionally straining for us as well,” she admitted. “We want to make sure that we help them create that perfect tribute to the loved one they lost. We get to know the person who passed way through the family, and we connect with
them. That’s a lot of pressure that we put on ourselves. I tell my team members it’s okay to cry. We are human.” While the caring and respect for the dead is the same as it was 100 years ago, customs and preferences have changed over time. For instance, more people
Helen Loring Dear is now the president of Porter Loring Mortuaries, following in the footsteps of her great grandfather, Porter Loring (pictured here).
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(about 40 percent) are choosing cremation over the traditional burial. Some request a “green funeral,” which may involve “different shades of green”, as Loring Dear puts it, from skipping the embalming to omitting the casket, in order to be environmentally friendly. Also, fairly common is the preference for renaming the memorial service as “a celebration of life,” to refocus the minds of mourners from sadness to celebration. If the family wishes, the service can be broadcast live on the web, as well. Other changes she has championed include selecting caskets virtually through photographs on a large screen rather than visiting a room full of them, and, more recently, the introduction of a “funeral-home dog,” a puppy named Penelope who seems to make some people, especially children, more at ease in the funeral home. The dog is currently being trained to become a therapy animal. “Families often request her,” noted Loring Dear. On the managerial side of her job, Loring Dear’s biggest task right now is overseeing the development of a third Porter Loring Mortuaries location near Sea World on the booming far northwest side. The company has two locations at present, on McCullough near downtown and on E. 1604. However, Loring Dear finds herself on the forefront of change simply by virtue of being a woman. The traditionally male dominated funeral home industry has experienced a shift in the past decade or so. “There are now more females in mortuary school than males, and our staff is predominantly female,” she said. “By nature, women are more nurturing, so it’s not really surprising,”
From Housekeeper to President
Both Loring Dear and her older brother “grew up in this business.” She remembers having summer time lunches with her father and grandfather at the
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She took the reins from her father, Porter Loring, III, who served as president before becoming CEO in 2015.
and all things familiar, helped Loring Dear to reassess her choices and to reaffirm in her own mind that she indeed wanted to follow in her ancestors’ footsteps. When she shared her decision with Jonathan, he reacted as most people do, she said with a laugh. “When people find out what I do, they either stop talking to me or they start asking a lot of questions.” Jonathan was obviously okay with it, since the couple tied the knot in 2007 and settled down in San Antonio. Jonathan started a monument company for Porter Loring, but, when his wife became “I have always been a helper and healer, president, he decided to and have always felt drawn to this step down to separate their work,” she said in her calm manner. work and personal life. The monument company officially closed in 2017. He is currently In college, the young woman chose to the primary stay-at-home parent for their major in psychology at Millsaps College two kids and “the anchor” of the family. in Jackson, Miss., where she also met her “He loves it, for the time being,” said husband Jonathan Dear. Her studies, and Loring Dear. “He is our chef at home, the fact that she was away from home huge desk that is now the centerpiece of her own office. “That’s how I really got to know my grandfather, during those intimate times with them here, in the funeral home,” she noted. Both siblings started working at the mortuary as teenagers — she in housekeeping — but were never pressured by their elders to follow in their footsteps. In fact, her brother became a computer programmer and currently lives in Atlanta. Loring Dear, however, always knew that she wanted to continue the family legacy.
and I know he would like to open his own restaurants someday.” Due to the nature of her job, her schedule can be quite unpredictable, and she may have to cancel whatever was planned — a family outing, for instance — to show up at the office. It’s good to know that Daddy is home with their children. Though she’s doing what she loves, she often felt and still feels that coming in as the boss’ daughter put a special responsibility on her shoulders to prove herself. Following college, she attended mortuary school at San Antonio College and later got certified as both a funeral director and an embalmer. In addition to funeral services, the company provides free grief support as well as educational bereavement resources for the community beyond their walls. Every year, they also sponsor conferences and trainings on various themes for professionals who deal with loss and related topics. Since Porter Loring is a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Association, an international group of family-owned mortuaries, Loring Dear signed up for the organization’s Leadership Academy in 2014, which eventually spurred her to deal with an unusually high suicide rate among her families and in the city as a whole. With other local organizations, she organized a roundtable discussion on the issue, ultimately resulting in the creation of the Alamo Area Teen Suicide Prevention Coalition. She has been an honorary chair ever since. With all her experience in dealing with death, what advice does she have for people who suffer a loss?
“What you are feeling is normal, I would tell them. There are going to be harder days and easier days; grief behaves like ocean waves. Seek a support group. Don’t be alone.”
Loring Dear and her husband Jonathan share parenting duties for their two children. She runs the family business, and Jonathan takes care of the kids and is the designated family chef.
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THREE COURAGEOUS WOMEN MAKE A CAREER CHANGE BY HAYLEE UPTERGROVE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID TERAN
There are few words that inspire a mix of emotions the way the word “change” does. For some people, it’s one of the most frightening words in the dictionary. For others, the word conjures up feelings of excitement and anticipation, like an adventure that’s just beginning to unfold. For others still, change is synonymous with the unknown, and while it might not be scary per se, it still gives way to uneasiness and insecurity. For most people though, change is hard. Moving to a new city, beginning a new relationship, starting a family… Going from what is comfortable and familiar to something foreign is never easy. Like jumping out of a solid airplane into the clear blue sky, with nothing but a parachute to keep you afloat. For many, that’s what starting a new career can feel like. Imagine a lawyer. She spent countless hours going to school, learning the laws of the country, defending clients and urging juries to see her point. This, she is familiar with. Then suddenly, she becomes the owner of her family’s ranch. She now has acres and acres of land under her control with animals that need her care. It is the land that requires her stewardship. The ranch is her client, and the river that runs through it needs advocacy. So, she defends it. Picture a mother of six, who spends her days working as an air craft mechanic for the Air Force. She fixes parts on planes, works on machines until they’re ready for the skies. She’s spent her life cooking for first her siblings, and then her family, but never has 20 | sawoman.com
she done it as a business. Then, one day, she sees a need in the community. People who need to be fed. People who need to be loved. People who need a second chance. So, she opens a restaurant. Think of a teacher. Since 1973, she has taught children the wonders of science. She has fostered their creativity, invited their questions, and inspired many more. She’s had classrooms under her control, and has instilled knowledge as well as wisdom upon many young minds. However, she sees a gap. The equipment given to her and others to show children tiny forms of life is not where it needs to be. It hasn’t been changed in years, and the kids’ quality of learning suffers. So, she starts a business. Alice Ball Strunk. Alice “Ma” Harper. Carol Espensen. San Antonio women, who, aside from changing career paths, have one thing in common: courage. They are women who didn’t let fear stand in the way of change. Women who saw a need and took a chance. They understood their risk was worth the reward. Sitting and talking with them about their lives, their careers and their passions is like taking a shot of straight inspiration to the heart. They are not fearless; they are brave in spite of fear. They are not perfect; they are powerful in their uniqueness. They are women with stories of great lives lived and paths that curved, changed, shifted and molded who they have become. They are game changers.
Alice Ball Strunk
“Try to keep Texas wild.”
Nestled deep in the rugged hills of Val Verde county lies a river whose name was changed from that of a saint to mirror its rugged terrain, frequent flooding and remote location. Snaking through Southwest Texas, the turquoise waters of the Devils River flow, flanked by limestone bluffs and rapids fit for seasoned paddlers only. It is one of the clearest, cleanest rivers in the Lone Star State, as powerful and strong as she is beautiful and majestic. The landscape is a contradiction of adjectives, rough and jagged in places, as well as emerald green and lush in others. Tucked against the river’s bank is a powerhouse in Texas’s agricultural repertoire. The Hudspeth River Ranch, owned and operated by family since 1905, covers acres and acres of biologically diverse land, and serves as home to numerous kinds of livestock, such as cattle, goats and lamb, as well historic sites dotted with well-preserved Native American rock art. At the helm of the ship is Alice Ball Strunk, owner of Hudspeth River Ranch. Strunk took the reins from her mother, who passed away in 2011. She inherited the ranch from her own mother, Strunk’s grandmother, who inherited the ranch from Strunk’s great-grandmother. “When my mother took over, that was unheard of in the ‘50s,” she said. “Women couldn’t even sign legal documents without being joined with their husbands. It’s come a long way in the last 50 years.” It is a legacy of strong women turned female ranchers that Strunk now heads. Similar to the river that runs through her land, Strunk is a study in contrasts. She is a mother and a wife, as well as a respected landowner, a conservation advocate, and a successful retired lawyer. Well… Semi-retired, that is. “I still practice law up to this day,” Strunk said. While her practices used to center around everything from probate to immigration to divorce, she now does agricultural law. “I’m still a lawyer,” she said, the smile evident in her voice, “just a different kind.”
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mother had spent years prior to that priming her to one day own and run the Hudspeth, a practice Stunk has implemented with her own daughters, Sarah and Abbey. Though the girls don’t technically work at the ranch, Strunk said one day, they too will join the lineage of women ranchers that has been passed down through generations. Sarah, the older of the two girls, helps her mother on the ranch, and is the first to chime in on the importance of preserving the land and the beautiful river that runs through it. “She knows that her heritage means that, like me, there will come the time when she has to devote her life to our largest and most beautiful resource,” Strunk said. “This has been a family thing, and we want to make sure that conservation of the land continues,” Sarah said, echoing her mother’s statements.
“We have been doing this for over a hundred years, and we want to make sure that future generations, and all families, can enjoy this really unique area.”
Part of that effort comes in the form of the Devils River Conservancy. Strunk serves on the Board of Directors for the conservancy, and is well acquainted with the need to protect the river. The conservancy was developed as a response to water marketers who wanted to sell the water that flows through the Devils River and its basin, as well as protect it from recreational overuse, land fragmentation and other threats. Currently, the Devils River Conservancy has launched “Don’t Blow It”, a campaign that demands thoughtful regulation of wind energy development to save one of the last wild areas in the state. “We’re here to preserve, protect, and treasure all of the Devils River basin and it’s watershed,” Strunk said. “The conservation of the land is really important to our future generations.” Strunk’s 17-year stint as a lawyer seems to have prepared her for the job of protecting and advocating for the Devils River. Although her time as an attorney took her all over the state and was hard to leave behind, she said taking over the ranch and continuing her family’s legacy had been a long time coming. “I was raised to do this,” Strunk said. “Being able to continue the tradition and try to conserve its resources; that’s been a whole new education.” There is a certain kind of woman who can hold her own both in the courtroom and in the rugged lands of ranch ownership. Strunk has the same qualities as the river she so adamantly fights for: beautiful and strong, unyielding and inspiring. It’s this mix of attributes that makes Strunk the perfect addition to the heritage of courageous, resilient women that have kept the Hudspeth River Ranch running for more than a century.
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Alice “Ma” Harper
“You don’t have to be a star, baby, to be in my show.”
She goes by Ma. Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen opens at 11:00 on the dot, but it was just after 10:00 when one of her employees greeted my coworker and me at the door and let us in. She introduced herself as Ma Harper, a Southern twang detectable in her voice that hinted at her Louisiana heritage. In all the time we were with her, she didn’t refer to herself as “Alice” once. It was always Ma. She’d been to the doctor that morning before the interview, after having problems with her left eye, the result of a stroke she suffered more than twenty years ago. Her doctors told her then that she may not ever see out of that eye again, and that she needed to avoid situations that may induce stress. As we sat down in the dining area of Ma’s restaurant, her employees laughing loudly from the kitchen with jazz music playing in the background, it was clear that the doctor’s advice was unnecessary: Ma Harper is doing just fine. “I think why my eye went crazy again is that, when you’re hiring all these people out of incarceration, they’ve been locked up, and they don’t know that there’s a better life, so I have to –” Ma slapped a hand through the air, as if smacking an invisible person upside the head, “– show them that there’s better.” We had a good laugh about that, the thought of this tiny, 89year-old Southern lady slapping around ex-inmates and whipping them into shape. However, that seems to be exactly what Ma does. She’s well known in the San Antonio community for her willingness to hire what she refers to as her “second chances.” She hires people out of incarceration, on parole, with disabilities, or who just need a second chance in life. Ma opened her restaurant in June of 1991, after serving 21 years at Kelly Air Force Base as a civilian aircraft mechanic. Although she dropped out of high school at the age of 17, Ma decided in 1982 to go back to school for her GED. In December of ’83, she received her certificate and enrolled in college classes at the age of 53. “I was afraid to go get my GED, because at that age, I was afraid of being embarrassed by young people, but I found out they were dumber than me,” she said with a laugh. If anything defines Ma, that attitude of never giving up is a very good example, whether it’s on herself, her family or her employees. “I just want people to know you don’t have to be this or that,” she said. “I want to put together a common bio of what life is about. The title will be ‘Don’t Sweat. Don’t Fret. God’s Not Through Yet.’” Ma grew up in a family of 16 children. She was the second oldest, and has been cooking since she was 12. She grinned as
she talked about opening her restaurant. “Y’all wanna know why I learned to cook?” she said seriously. “Cause I didn’t want to wash all them diapers.” I laughed, but figured there was a hint of truth in that statement. Ma laughed as well, but continued: “My desire was always to feed people. That’s what always stood in my mind; if I could just feed someone hungry.” Ma does far more than offer up delicious samplings from her home town of New Orleans in her kitchen. Ma sees people in a way that is rare. She doesn’t just see an ex-convict or someone with a difficult past. She sees someone hungry – hungry for acceptance, hungry for forgiveness, and hungry for love. So, she feeds them.
“My desire was to give back what God had given me,” Ma said. “And the only way I could do that was to look beyond the faults of a sister and brother, and help give to their need.”
Whether it’s the people she feeds in her restaurant, the people she employs in her kitchen, or the homeless people that sometimes sleep outside her restaurant at night, Ma sees no difference. She extends a hand to everyone, and regards each and every person she meets with the same grace she said God gives her each day. “God ain’t looking at the outside anyway,” she said. “God’s
looking at the inside of a person.” Ma is humble. Her eyes are for others, and her focus is on serving. “I want God to fix my eye, so I can go out and let young
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people know: God created us all equal, but not alike,” Ma said. “God loves you even if you’re laying on the ground. He still loves you.” It’s not hard with Ma to understand that to her, every person – not just convicts – needs a second chance. “Incarceration doesn’t just come from out here. It’s in here,” she pointed to her heart. “Each one of us, 99 and a half percent of every person living on earth, has something that has happened to them in their life that they have not been able to release. That’s incarceration. Cause you’re not free. Incarceration doesn’t just come from prison. It comes from any hurt that you aren’t able to tell somebody else.” At Ma’s, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what has happened in your life. She’ll smile, welcome you with a hug, and quickly tell you there’s love and forgiveness readily available. It’s obvious in the joy on her employee’s faces that they’ve experienced it firsthand. We talked to Ma for almost two hours, although time slipped by quickly, as it always does. As we wrapped up, Ma started talking about her food. She’s the undisputed Creole queen of San Antonio, and for good reason. Her gumbo, which she says is “imitated by many but duplicated by none,” is a favorite among local customers. When we mentioned our love of fried pork chops, Ma wasted no time in requesting a to-go order for both of us. As she said, she loves feeding people. “That’s my life, y’all,” she said. “I walked into the 24 | sawoman.com
doctor’s office at 7:15 this morning with two dozen doughnuts. They needed something.” Yet another prime example of Ma Harper taking care of people.
“Opportunities that you never knew were out there present themselves when you least expect it.” The bell chimed on the door of Local Coffee Shop, the smell of freshly brewed coffee enveloping and awakening on a sunny Monday morning. I looked around, trying to recognize a woman I had only seen in a photo once before. She wasn’t difficult to find. Smiling brightly over a cup of black coffee, Carol Espensen waved at me from her place near the window. Illuminated by the sun shining through, Espensen was cheery, warm and welcoming – a happy divergence from the typical Monday grouchiness most people carry. However, with over 35 years of teaching second, third and fourth grade classrooms, and, therefore, many early Monday mornings under her belt, it’s no surprise that Espensen exudes amiable friendliness with ease. Though she hasn’t taught in a classroom since 2013, Espensen is nowhere near finished with the education world.
“I knew I wouldn’t be happy sitting at home,” Espensen explained of her decision to start a business just as she retired from teaching. “I wanted to make sure kids have something. I just wanted to make sure they always have an opportunity to experience discovery.”
From that desire came Southern Science Supply, through which Espensen sells a wide array of lab supplies and chemicals to schools, universities, home schoolers and science enthusiasts. Early on, though, Espensen realized she could excel in the niche of selling digital microscopes. The light, portable microscopes Espensen specializes in are easy to use and can plug into laptops or cell phones, making them perfect for students, hobbyists and scientists alike. “It’s kind of an extension of your natural senses,” Espensen said, “but it takes your vision further than what you’re capable of seeing, and so that curiosity is just depended and more questions arise from everything you look at.” It was through the study and sale of these microscopes that Espensen discovered something that has led to her national following, and offered her a chance to increase the knowledge and learning of students across the board. “I’ve discovered some weaknesses in the system of what’s available out there,” she said. “There haven’t been changes in
microscope slides in fifty years. So, I created a new microscope slide that’s going to make it very easy for people to observe living science.” It’s called the LiveSlide, a plastic, reusable slide with a shallow well in the middle, perfect for live specimens to be examined without swimming away. Whereas the traditional glass slides from high school days of yore are nothing more than a thin, flat piece of glass, Espensen’s design has slots and a perimeter to allow for optimal viewing. To help me understand how it worked, Espensen pulled one out of her purse in a very Mary-Poppins-meets-Ms.-Frizzle style, ever the teacher. Even with my lack of a science background, it was easy to see how her design would benefit children in the classroom and make it easier for them to study the subject Espensen is so passionate about. “Science is a universal hook for most kids,” she said, slipping the LiveSlide back into her purse. “They’re intrigued by reactions; they’re excited by things that happen and discoveries they’re able to find. So, whether they can read, or whether they can write, or whether they can understand English really well, it’s kind of the universal connector that everybody has.” Espensen’s affection for her students is evident in the way she reminisces on her days in the classroom. “I loved kids, and I just wanted to help others be their best,” she said. “I enjoyed it. The creativity side of it was intriguing to me, because every day is different.” Espensen still possesses that dedication to curiosity. At her core, she has the heart of a teacher, and it shows through her encouragement of other women in their pursuit of stepping out of their comfort zone. “Take the risk,” she said, her smile encouraging and her words wise. “It’s worth it. By stretching yourself and following your passions, knowing what excites you and gets you up in the morning is really worth pursuing. You never know where it’s going to lead you.” Espensen said some days, she’ll look around at her warehouse, now stocked with microscopes, science kits and equipment she designed herself, and think about how a few years ago, there was nothing in there at all. “I look around and I think, ‘I built this. How did that happen?’” she said with a laugh. “So many women are held back by fear. I read the other day where somebody said that courage was fear that said a prayer. You just have to have to have that faith that you can take something, and make something out of nothing.” Change is never easy. However, the best things in life don’t often come easy. Whether it’s pursuing a new career, opening a restaurant, starting a family, or simply exploring roads unknown, change can be necessary, and, when handled with bravery, very much worthwhile. For these San Antonio women, courage defines their success. They exemplify women who see a need and take a chance, and that is an example worth following. september/october 2018 | 25
The Steinway grand piano in the sunny corner of the main room provides an anchor for the room and a cheerful place for Russell to release his musical creativity.
NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHERâ€™S HOUSE
Contemporary French Hill Country Home BY ROBYN BARNES
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON
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heryl Ladd and her husband, Brian Russell, are no strangers to elegant homes. The two have enjoyed lives in the entertainment industry, traveling the world for their stage and screen careers. They could have settled anywhere for the third act of their lives, but they chose the hills outside of San Antonio for their home and their business, Cheryl Ladd Signature Homes. The pair have shared a love for home buying, remodeling and building throughout their 37-year marriage. While dating, they visited open houses, sharing their concepts for construction and design. Russell’s forte is space – he likes the concept of shaping space to achieve maximum use of natural light. He draws rooms and elevations freehand first, shifting perspectives with pen and paper. Ladd is the detail person. “This girl is fabulous with color,” Russell said. “She has an excellent color palette. She knows how to use color to bring the outside in and make a home comfortable and elegant.” “I like homes that are serene,” Ladd said. “Brian and I have what we call a collected life philosophy. We like comfortable and timeless design, nothing fussy. Simple and uncluttered suits us. Our home is definitely not your grandmother’s house.” Their home is a testament to their philosophy. In 5,800 square feet, they have established spaces that flow from one to the next, diverging and rejoining like streams after a rainfall. Glass walls, carefully placed windows and skylights let natural light and shadow accent details in the rooms. “Building a house is like making a movie,” Russell said. As a movie producer, he should know. “You start with a great script, get a great location, hire the best people and let them do the work while you watch the budget. That’s what we did when we built this house.” Russell said he and Ladd believe money should be spent where it counts. “Structural integrity is first for us,” he said. “It may cost a little more to use top-quality materials, but it pays off in the end product.” They also think a home’s placement on a lot is crucial for the flow of the house. “We placed this home with the backyard and pool facing south so we can see the sunlight pattern change in these rooms throughout the day,” Ladd said. “We get a breeze through here that makes the room so pleasant.” The main room in the house is a combination of the living area, sunroom and kitchen. The ceiling height soars to 16 feet, which might diminish furniture in other homes. However, Ladd arranged the sofas and chairs with careful consideration for the ceiling height and palette. The Steinway grand piano in the sunny corner provides an anchor for the room and a cheerful place for Russell to release his musical creativity. Ladd noted that because the ceiling is so high, the room needed a large fireplace to anchor it. “Texas has beautiful limestone, and we used it to frame the fireplace,” she said. “You’ll note that the top of the mantle is about five feet high.” One of the couple’s art treasures sits on the coffee table near the French doors. “It’s an intricately carved Indian elephant in harness,” Ladd explained. “It was a gift from a dear friend who has a home in India. We had told her we were on the lookout for a fabulous ele28 | sawoman.com
“Building a house is like making a movie,” Russell said. As a movie producer, he should know. “You start with a great script, get a great location, hire the best people and let them do the work while you watch the budget. That’s what we did when we built this house.” september/october 2018 | 29
phant. She found this one and carried it all the way from Hyderabad. The intricate carving fascinates me.” “Most of the furniture in the living area we’ve had for more than 30 years,” Russell said. “We’ve recovered it occasionally, but the pieces were well-made to withstand years of wear.” Ladd said the two like quality furniture that is also super comfortable. “We want people to walk in the front door and feel welcome and happy,” Russell added. “The house is designed on straight lines, so it has a contemporary feel. We call it contemporary French country.”
The couple agrees the kitchen is the most spectacular room in the house. The ceiling rises to 18 feet at its apex and natural light filters through dormer windows, a signature element in the company’s homes. Bucket-shaped chrome light fixtures seem to float over the moss green marble-topped island. Seating for four is tucked beneath the ledge, across from the gas range. A bronze statue of a bull was created by sculptor Pat Roberts, whose husband Monte Roberts is known as the “man who listens to horses.” The white custom cabinetry is abundant, so there is plenty of storage. The white porcelain farm sink is opposite the range and, next to the twin dishwashers, provides step-saving cleanup. Double ovens offer caterers ample warming space for appetizers and entrees when the couple entertains. At the far end of the kitchen is a corner breakfast nook. Over the table hangs a primitive painting of a cow by internationally-recognized artist/illustrator Ezra Tucker. Ladd and Russell commissioned the painting after working with Ezra on their children’s book, “The Adventures of Little Nellie Windship.” “Ezra is the number one wildlife artist in America,” Russell said. “He was a little surprised when we asked for a primitive of a cow, but he painted it. We love the piece, and it moves from house to house with us.” A doorway by the breakfast nook opens onto a vestibule, providing access to the backyard and separate garage. An antique woven coat rack, a special find from a store in Comfort, holds purses, coats, leashes and other items Russell and Ladd may need as they head out the door. The back stairs are located near this space. One of Ladd’s favorite pieces of art hangs here. The picture is an enlargement of a crossword puzzle from the LA Times that has Ladd’s name in it. It was a birthday gift for her. The dining room is out of sight of the kitchen, so dinner guests won’t see the preparations behind the wall. The 17-foot ceiling towers over the custom-made round table perched on a massive urn base. An antique tapestry hangs adjacent to an 18th century armoire that was once a gun case. Now, it holds the family crystal and china. The Scottish room is along a hallway that leads to the master suite. This room pays homage to Russell’s Scottish roots, and it is here the couple holes up on bad weather days to light a fire and read. Brian’s antique desk is here, where he works on his novels. A plaid sofa across the floor is framed by custom shelves storing books of all kinds, as well as family photos and mementos of two careers built in the entertainment industry. There’s a George Shultz cartoon, a photo of Ladd with John Wayne, and her TV Land 30 | sawoman.com
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awards. Also displayed are a horse sculpture by Pat Roberts and one of Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves. At the end of the hall, two favorite works of art are displayed. One is a colorful painting of birds, artist unknown. The other is a bust of a shepherd boy, the first piece of art Ladd and Russell bought together. “I love this because of the detail in the sculpture,” Ladd said. “His expression, the way his shoulders turn – it is so lifelike.” The master suite is a study in serenity. One wall is a window overlooking the xeriscape garden. The adjacent king-sized bed is 40 years old. The English country headboard came from Russell’s first marriage and the footboard came from Ladd’s. She refinished the two to match. Antiques flank the bed; one is a three-drawer antique French chest on his side, and an antique table sits on hers. Across the room is a wall of shelving built to display a collection of baskets and pottery, as well as a big-screen television. The master bath sparkles in white. The soaking tub sits beneath a beach painting. Across the room, the walk-in shower has three clerestory windows for bird watching while washing. The shower walls are marble, as is the entire bathroom floor. Spacious his-and-hers closets and separate sinks provide plenty of room to prepare for busy days. An oversized wrought iron chandelier offers a dark counterpoint to the white room. Ladd and Russell believe in outdoor living. Their house surrounds a deep patio with skylights in the ceiling. A large fireplace provides warmth to the sofa and chairs; wrought iron, antique French ice tongs decorate the façade. Beyond the façade is a large, vanishing-edge swimming pool, a favorite haunt for the family dogs. Cobblestones surround the pool. A smooth lawn rolls toward the back fence, with a view of a bird sanctuary. “Because this is a bird sanctuary, no one will ever be able to build anything behind us,” Russell explained. “That was an important factor in purchasing this lot.” “We knew we had a good lot when we bought it,” Ladd added, “but it was so thick with trees that we didn’t realize how good it was until we thinned a few. When we discovered how the view would appear, we moved the house back further from the street to 32 | sawoman.com
take advantage of the vista.” The couple had the foresight to build a separate garage. This space houses a ping pong table, a television and exercise equipment. Some of Ladd’s gold records are displayed here, as well as the Broadway poster from Ladd’s run in “Annie Get Your Gun.” There’s a poster for “Charlie’s Angels” and her golf memorabilia. She’s passionate about golf and has played with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Ladd and Russell have just sold their first Signature home in Cordillera Ranch and have several other lots available. “One of the lots is in the design process right now,” Ladd said, “and we are looking forward to helping two more families make their new home dreams a reality.”
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Trending... BY CARLA ROYDER A home should say who you are, where you have been, and where you would like to go. What better way to do so than with the wallpaper trend that’s making a serious comeback? At High Point Market this past spring, more interior design showrooms than ever were covered in whimsical and inspiring papers. These aren't the serious and sad papers of our mother's youth, but crazy, courageous and bold prints that make your jaw drop. I know, I know. It’s easy to say, "But I'm so afraid, it’s so permanent!" Well, not anymore. More and more retailers are offering a DIY paper that can be removed without any serious damage to walls. For high-end projects, I lean to my favorite chic designers like Schumacher, Osborne & Little, Timorous Beasties, and Christian LaCroix for that creme de la creme paper, but even Target is now offering really chic prints of the peel-andstick variety in their awesome Opalhouse line, which just launched this spring. I’m still drooling over their Panther pattern in Bluff Green!
Not sure where to start when choosing a wallpaper? Here are a few tips to help...
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Secondly, mixing patterns can be a little tricky. For example, note how Schumacher's Iconic Leopard wallpaper pairs well with the large scale of the flowers on the Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Fleur de Glee Writing Desk. Notice the tight, larger stripes of the zebra rug are a completely different scale than the spots of the leopard paper. You want to balance the scale of the prints so your room jives well. I always tell clients, "It’s like you are putting together an outfit. You would never put a large scale plaid blazer with a large-scale plaid pair of pants. Mix patterns, but be smart about it and make sure they 'feel' right." My design team and I love, love, love designing kids’ spaces. Nothing takes a kid’s room over the top into designer world than adding a wallcovering. We loved adding the accent wall in two kids’ rooms we recently decorated in a beautiful home in The Canyons. Attention all Glam-ma's: What a great gift to give your first grandchild – a designer nursery! Finally, your paper may have special meaning to you that no one else is privy to and that, my friends, makes it extra special. Who's to say the swallows in this Philomela Textiles Bird byBird paper don't remind you of an old friend? That is your secret to keep. Your home should make you happy and tell a story. After all, it is the biggest way to express who you are. Carla Royder is the Owner and Interior Designer for CARLA ROYDER DESIGNS & CO., ASID.
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San Antonio Woman Magazine recognizes how our community is growing and predicted to grow even more, so we want to help you in making the best decisions possible for building a new home. Here are a select group of our cityâ€™s building leaders. We recommend you get to know them and get in touch for an appointment. We believe you will be impressed with all they have to offer.
CVF Homes HOMESTYLES/PRICE RANGES Green Heights: 12 Energy efficient homes designed by internationally acclaimed architects located in the Alamo Heights School District, Winner of Best Infill Development project of 2018 from Build San Antonio Green. Houses priced in the $500’s.
AWARDS • 2018 — Winner of Best Infill Development Project from Build San Antonio Green for Green Heights subdivision.
ABOUT THE BUILDER CVF Homes was founded in 2005 by Juan Fernandez. Since inception, CVF Homes has distinguished themselves repeatedly by restoring and remodeling historic homes as well as specializing in sustainable residential infill development in transitional neighborhoods. Their projects have been successful because they focus on great design, energy, water and material efficient buildings.
• 2017 — Winner of SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards from the City of San Antonio for the best residential project for 422 Hays St. • 2016 — Winner of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards from the City of San Antonio for the Historic Retrofit of 202 King William
INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS • Member of the Board of USGBC South Texas • Build San Antonio Green • Energy Star Partner • National Association of Home Builders • Texas Association of Home Builders • Greater San Antonio Builders Association
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Winner of Build San Antonio Green Building Awards for Best Single Family Residential • 2015 — Winner of Build San Antonio Green Building Awards for Infill Development • 2014 — Winner of the Honorable Mention Project of the Year Single Family from the National Association of Home Builders Green Awards for 107 Leigh St. Winner of the City of San Antonio Green Building Awards for 327 E. Fest. Winner of the Build San Antonio Green Building Awards for Infill Development 329 E. Fest
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• 2013 — Winner of the Build San Antonio Green award for first solar home in a Historic Neighborhood
Keim Custom Homes, Ltd. With Keim Custom Homes you are assured your home is not only “one of a Keim” but is also a singular masterpiece. We invite you to experience amazing design that builds on the past without returning to it. Where seeing and listening unite to create timeless style and uncompromising quality from all points of view. Keim Custom Homes encompasses every phase of construction, remodeling and interior architecture. We are courageous and unrelenting in our quest to manifest your idea of perfection. Our clients are original, with specific tastes, preferences and needs, not only in design, but also space, material and workmanship. Keim Custom Homes’ individualized interview process ensures we hear you. We understand that an authentic
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dreamhome is one that reflects the best parts of you, and our architect assisted/builder/interior design team is uniquely suited to make that dream a reality.
Lee Anne Keim and the Keim Custom Homes Team brings over 35 years’ experience in residential construction, remodeling, interior design and financial management to all projects. The Keim Custom Homes team works directly with homeowners, architects, vendors and trades to create an individualized and coordinated process that is uniquely applied to each plan. Each project commands our utmost attention from beginning to completion. Our goal is to have our clients be as happy at the end of the project as they were from the start.
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ABOUT THE BUILDER Chesmar’s strength comes from its Chesmarians (Chesmar associates). Chesmarians are a group of phenomenally talented, energized adults fully engaged in making a difference daily. Everyone at Chesmar Homes is dedicated to providing and sustaining the culture, creating an atmosphere that is both stimulating and nurturing. We call this Chesmar Spirit.
Chesmar places a strong emphasis on “family”, with bonds that extend to include Chesmar associates, business partners, homeowners and Realtors. And those family ties are a pretty big deal to Chesmarians! Associates at Chesmar Homes take the company’s motto “Setting a Higher Standard” to heart. Each individual agreeing to work at Chesmar Homes, commits to an oath to help Chesmar Homes and everyone associated with the organization, including themselves, to “Set a Higher Standard in Everything They Do.” This pledge is echoed in the company’s mission and core values.
HOMESTYLES/PRICE RANGES Spacious open floor plans ranging from $240,000 through $600,000.
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Dale Sauer Homes At Dale Sauer Homes, our belief is that building a custom home is a team effort guided through experience, scheduling, and a common goal of customer satisfaction. Building a custom home is about listening to and fulfilling the customer's desires. With over 20 years in business, we are a build on your lot company constructing 10-12 custom homes per year in San Antonio, Boerne, and the surrounding cities. Our homes are all one-of-a-kind and we can build from your plans or we can draw your plans through one of the architects that we regularly work with. We also offer co-construct software for all of our homes. Ask us about our open house events! We host a large number of open houses each year which provides our future customers the opportunity to come see our homes before the owners move in. This gives you the chance to see different floor plans, flooring ideas, cabinets, counter tops and more!
HOMESTYLES Transitional, Contemporary, Mediterranean, French Country, Timber-frame.
AWARDS • Texas Association of Builders: 2017 Parade of Homes House, Showcase Home over $1,000,000. • Parade of Homes 2017: Best Kitchen; Best Master Suite; Best Water Feature. • Top Residential Builder, San Antonio Business Journal, 2017 & 2015. • Summit Award: 2016 Best Product Design $500,000-$749,000. september/october 2018 | 41
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BY AQUILA MENDEZ-VALDEZ
Dubbing anything the “it” item of a category can be dangerous. Many times, being an “it” handbag or shoe is not necessarily the key to conventional success. Sales may not even be that great with the everyday consumer. However, those in the fashion industry know this to be true: even if you don’t own the exact item, you will probably own some variation of it, if not this season, then the next. Perhaps your circle of friends and family are not yet sporting these looks, but rest assured their infectious popularity will permeate stylish circles one way or another. These are the trends that have reached a fever pitch in the public eye, and tell us something about the direction fashion is headed.
Mad for Plaid
The Future is Clear
Herringbone, houndstooth, plaid, all manner of traditional patterns made their way down the runways for the fall collections, and what better way to incorporate this trend than with a handbag? Balenciaga’s bowling bag silhouette and signature logo emblazoned across the front can be the centerpiece of your outfit when the rest is muted.
Silver has been bouncing back in a major way, and we’re now seeing designers take it to a whole other level with holographic materials that play with the light. It’s incredibly Instagram-able, which is almost entirely what makes anything an “it” item anymore. Love it or hate it, this Balmain shoulder bag with chain strap is a showstopper.
Fanny Packs. Really.
Belt bag, saddlebag, hip pack… Call it what you want, but the dreaded fanny pack is reinventing itself and upping its cool factor. This Dior handbag features black calfskin, aged gold-tone metal, and the sneaking suspicion that you’re buying it just because you saw every single major fashion blogger carrying one. It will last for generations, though, so perhaps the trendy splurge is worth it. september/october 2018 | 43
As in past seasons, midi boots in white, knit and patterns will be prevalent. These patent leather Alexander Wang beauties, however, catch the eye in a different way. The high shine finish relays the ‘80s vibes many designers incorporated in their collections, and the subtle heel cut-out adds interest.
Monochrome red was the overwhelming color choice this season, and mules continue to be a popular shoe silhouette. Combine the two with these Miu Miu slide-ons with a bedazzled heel for a look that can transition from the office to a cocktail party in a cinch.
Some say Louis Vuitton and a bevy of other designers have gone too far with this one, but it may simply be the culmination of the athleisure trend. These sneakers know they look ridiculous, and they don’t care. It’s a statement about exactly how much you’re willing to spend to look hip, no matter the sartorial cost.
So, are we suggesting you sprint out and buy up all six of these selections right this moment? Not necessarily. Take each trend with a grain of salt, and remember most designers fully expect you to water down a trend before it makes it to your closet. Avoid incorporating too many trends into one outfit, and your look will be current without going off the deep end.
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STACK RINGS – If one is good, then two or three can only be better. Mix and match colors and styles to coordinate with the latest fashion trends. Available at Peñaloza & Sons.
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HAIRCUTS WHEN YOU NEED A
MAJOR CHANGE BY AQUILA MENDEZ-VALDEZ
here are many reasons a woman may want to change her look: a new job, a cross-country move, or even a bad break up. We have the ability to transform our exterior to either match our interior, or be the reflection of the person we’re hoping to become. It can be energizing, healing, and even life changing. We talked with two top hairstylists in San Antonio to find out what they recommend before taking the plunge. Maria Antonietta Joeris of Salon Visage said a big haircut depends on what the hairstylist is starting with. “We always want to
find out our client’s personality first,” she said. “Are they daring or conservative? But always remember hair will grow back – don’t be so attached to it!” Cynthia Garza of Alta Moda Salon at the Rim said the most common reasons woman want a change are weight loss, relationship changes, maternity, or a significant milestone in age. “Speak to your stylist about the tools and products necessary to achieve your end result,” she said. “It’s all about finding the right haircut that not only works well with your face shape and texture, but what also works best with your lifestyle.”
Perhaps the top haircut women ask for when they want to make a change is a chop. Garza recommends a long side swept bang with a long, tousled pixie to accentuate your facial structure. “Being honest with our guests is key though,” she said, “because sometimes ‘no’ is necessary if we know a cut won’t suit your face shape or hair texture.”
Inverted or Stacked Bob
Joeris says the only time she recommends not making a major change is before a wedding. “If you’re getting married, the last thing you want to do is change up your look and hate it,” she said. “An inverted or stacked bob looks good on almost everyone, so it’s a risk worth taking.”
Loose, tousled waves hitting just at the shoulders is the most common cut Garza sees these days. “We love when clients bring in photos of what they want so we can select the best fit for their individual needs,” she said. “Ask your stylist to move in stages so you don’t silently freak out while in your stylist’s chair.”
Change Your Part
Perhaps a subtler shift, but even switching up where you part your hair can drastically change the look and feel of your haircut. “Take your hair’s texture and density into consideration before making a major change,” said Joeris. “Remember not every haircut looks good on everyone. It’s ok to know your limitations.”
Finally, going for bangs is a decision many women agonize over, but Garza said it can be done if you’re ready. “I always use a small amount of product on bangs, then blow dry from the sides to achieve a straight, blunt end,” she said. “Brush out with a fine tooth comb to break up the pieces for a textured look.”
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Whether you’re cutting off one inch or twelve, a major haircut can feel like a leap into the unknown. However, being open to change with your appearance can be a metaphor that spreads to the rest of your life. As much as it scares you, it can be an opportunity for growth if you let it.
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Focus: Veterinarians & Pet Care
For people who own animals, pets quickly and easily become an integral part of life. Their health, care and quality of life are vital aspects to having a happy and healthy animal. A pet care professional who knows what they are doing can be the key to keeping your pet around for a long time. San Antonio boasts numerous businesses dedicated to taking care of animals. Look through these pages to learn more about the professionals whose passion is the pet in front of them. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
Focus: Veterinarians & Pet Care
El Dorado Animal Hospital 13039 Nacogdoches Road â€˘ San Antonio, Texas Hours of operation: M, T, Th, F 7:30am-7pm, W 8am-5pm, Closed Sat/Sun. SERVICES: We offer exceptional veterinary medical, diagnostic, and surgical care for all size dogs and cats. We also offer boarding and periodic adoptions. We have limited grooming â€” we are the ones to call when the pet store or groomer is unable to handle your furry friend! VETERINARIANS IN PRACTICE: We have one doctor/owner. We are a small staffed animal hospital but combined, have over 80 years of veterinary medicine experience. SPECIAL SPAY/NEUTER OR VACCINE DAYS: In appreciation of all of our wonderful clients, two months of the year we celebrate with
vaccination discounts, giveaways and prize drawings. AFFILIATIONS AND/OR ORGANIZATIONS Dr. McIntosh was on the staff of the Military Working Dog Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base before establishing his own private practice. He was a founding member and first president of the Delta Society of San Antonio, a group that visits health care facilities with their pets. WHAT SETS US APART: We are a proud small business! The veterinary field is trending toward the corporate model, and we still hold the honor of remaining an independent entity.
VitalPet Huebner Oaks Veterinary Hospital 12058 Vance Jackson, Suite 101 • San Antonio, Texas Hours of operation: Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm, Sat. 8am-2pm, Sun. closed SERVICES: We are a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a one stop shop for your fur baby. We have everything you need: Doggie Day Camp, luxury boarding suites, a full-service grooming salon, and high quality medical care, all in one location. Our Doggie Day Camp offers daily activities, such as Flag Football Thursdays and pool days. Our Day Camp calendar of events changes every month to keep your fur babies happy, entertained and socialized. In addition to your typical veterinary medicine and general surgery, our hospital also offers specialty care, such as acupuncture. We have in-house advanced diagnostics and full service radiology, including dental xrays and ultrasound capabilities. PROMOTIONS/DISCOUNTS: We have promotions every month that vary from discounts on microchips to dental cleanings. In Sep-
tember/October, we offer 15 percent off dental cleanings that include a complimentary dental evaluation. We also offer 50 percent off office visits for preventative care on our Wellness Wednesdays. All active service members receive a 10 percent military discount. WHAT SETS US APART: Our practice has successfully achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association since 2012 and has been evaluated on more than 900 standards to ensure that our patients and clients receive the highest level of care. Only 15 percent of the hospitals in the US and Canada are AAHA accredited. We are also corporate based, which provides us structure and stability, yet we still have that “home town, small-clinic feel” that makes every client feel special.
Focus: Veterinarians & Pet Care
Pet Medical Center of San Antonio 7811 Mainland Drive â€˘ San Antonio, Texas Hours of operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am-6pm, Sat. 9am-1pm, Sun. closed* SERVICES: In addition to quality medical care, we offer standard and luxury boarding, and professional grooming services. We also provide nutrition and obesity counseling, as well as professional dental care. SPECIAL SPAY/NEUTER OR VACCINE DAYS: We do not have special spay/neuter or vaccines days, but we do offer discounted teeth cleanings December through February. SPECIAL SERVICES: We offer a laser surgery option which minimizes pain and inflammation during and after surgical procedures. We also provide cold laser therapy for arthritis and many other conditions.
WHAT SETS US APART: We pride ourselves on being able to provide personal veterinary care. Having only one veterinarian on staff, your petâ€™s care will be consistent from one visit to the next. Our staff is very friendly and caring. We love and care for your pets, just as we do our own. Since we are a smaller practice, we enjoy being able to schedule longer appointment times, which allows us to work in an unhurried environment. We will get to know your pet better, enabling us to fully explain their diagnosis and help you understand our treatment recommendations. *Closed the last Saturday of every month
Lili Veterinary Hospital 20210 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 301 • San Antonio, Texas Hours of operation: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-7pm, Sat. 9am-4pm, Sun. closed SERVICES: We offer full range of surgical and dental procedures. We also board pets, and offer spa treatments such as baths. DO YOU TREAT EXOTIC ANIMALS: We see pocket pets like rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and mice. SPECIAL SERVICES: We offer Wellness Plans, which are an affordable way to help the costs of preventive care. These plans cover office visits, annual wellness exams, vaccines, bloodwork, and may include spays, neuters, dentals and x-rays.
AFFILIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS: We currently work with God’s Dogs Rescue Organization and would love to work with any other rescues that need help. We truly want to help to pets in need. WHAT SETS US APART: We are a patient-and-client-centered practice. Our services are tailored to fit each client, individual patient and their various life stages. At Lili Veterinary Hospital, our client satisfaction and comfort is of utmost importance.
Focus: Veterinarians & Pet Care
Animal Defense League of Texas Adoption Center: 11300 Nacogdoches Rd • San Antonio, Texas ADL Hospital: 11215 Iota Drive • San Antonio, Texas Hours of operation: Adoptions: 11am-7pm; ADL Hospital: 9am-5pm M-F, 10am-2pm Sat. The Animal Defense League (ADL) was established to take in and care for unwanted, homeless and abused dogs and cats in our community. ADL’s goal is to rehome this population of pets into loving and permanent homes. ADL MISSION: The mission of the Animal Defense League is to enhance the quality of life for abandoned, abused or neglected dogs and cats by providing needed medical care, food, shelter, and safety with compassion and attention until they are adopted. ADL VISION: To create a culture through advocacy, education and resources where all companion animals are wanted, valued and
provided for in our community. Prior to adoption, ADL provides full medical care and treatment, for any animal with a medical condition. Almost 50 percent of the animals we take in from the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services require more than routine medical care before they can be placed for adoption. We also provide medical disclosures to adopters for pets that may have a particular condition. The Animal Defense League is San Antonio’s oldest companion animal shelter, established in 1934. Our greatest need is for foster volunteers, general volunteers, adopters and donations to allow ADL to continue our live-saving mission.
Broadway Oaks Animal Hospital 8221 Broadway â€˘ San Antonio, Texas Hours of operation: Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm, Sat. 8am-12pm We offer a variety of services including wellness and medical exams, dental, surgical procedures and therapeutic laser. We have ability to perform in-house laboratory services and radiology as well as cremation, boarding and grooming services. The staff prides themselves in client education to help our clients care for their pets in the best possible way. Dr. Pat Richardson is a Texas A&M graduate and has been practicing veterinary medicine for 38 years. We have been a trusted source in the San Antonio area for over 50 plus years and will continue to provide the best possible care for the
210.824-7481 Broadwayoaksanimalhospital.com species we treat. We are not open for after hours emergency care but will refer to emergency pet centers. We always enjoy caring for all the dogs and cats that come in to our practice. Our specialty is in exotic species such as tortoises, primates, avian, and reptilian. We care for many other pets including rabbits, ferrets, hedge hogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats. We feel that our unique services sets us apart from all others because of our knowledge and expertise in these areas.
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OWNER, ART GALLERY PRUDENCIA What do you like best about your job? I enjoy talking with the people about the artists and their art, sharing the enthusiasm and excitement for the beauty of the art. Meeting incredibly talented artists is fun; they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I am so very fortunate to be able to do this.
What career path led you to where you are today? I have always had a passion and appreciation for the arts and have a degree in Art History. I also have a degree in Library Science and worked as a librarian in Fort Worth; the Gallery has a wonderful collection of art books.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? I actually thought about having a bookstore but became a librarian in Fort Worth which I loved.
What is the best advice you ever received? The best advice was not words someone said to me, but the exemplary lives of my family. The character I observed of my father and mother, their morals, kindness and love were an incredible example to me. I also have an amazing sister who shows me kindness and love every day. She has been a huge asset to me and the Gallery.
What community or non-profit groups do you support? I support the San Antonio Symphony, the Classical Music Institute, SA Library, SAMA and the McNay, and the SPCA.
What do you do to relax outside of work? I enjoy going for walks with our dog, Jax, who also sometimes joins me at the Gallery. I enjoy working in my garden and going to art museums and galleries.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I met my husband in a bar.
What is your favorite event in San Antonio in the summer? Why? I enjoy going to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and visiting the missions.
What is your favorite local San Antonio restaurant? Why? I have two favorites, Paloma Blanca and the Palm. They have great food and great people!
What is the most inspirational book you have read this year? “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger is a beautiful story.
What do you think makes being a “San Antonio Woman” so special? We live in a beautiful city rich with a diverse culture and history. The missions are a “World Heritage Site”, I think that says it all. september/october 2018 | 59
women on the move ELIZABETH MACIAS BOMER
DEBRA DEL TORO
Elizabeth Macias Bomer has joined Noisy Trumpet as Executive Director of Robin Hood 210, a revolution in online shopping with a charitable twist. In this role, she will help raise funds for local nonprofits in an innovative new way by letting people shop through the heart at places they love. Bomer brings 12 years of experience in fundraising with a focus on major-gifts and events at the McNay, American Red Cross, and San Antonio Zoo.
Debra Del Toro is the new Director of Communications at Southwest School of Art. She will help define the communications/marketing strategy for the growing college — the only independent college of art in Texas. Previously, Del Toro served as Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of the Incarnate Word where she led brand development, created marketing strategies, directed award winning campaigns for 14 years. She has previously worked with the Alamodome, St. Mary’s University and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Del Toro has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University.
DR. JUDY A. FARIAS
Allison Ellis has joined Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer P.C. as an associate attorney. Ellis assists clients in oil and gas transactional matters, including oil and gas acquisitions, sales, leasing and operations, title examination and due diligence. Ellis also practices in the area of corporate law and advises clients on general corporate and securities matters, including entity formation and organization, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and contract matters. Ellis is a 2012 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Dr. Judy A. Farias joins Urology San Antonio at the Northeast Methodist office following her Department of Urology residency at the University of Little Rock Medical Sciences Center. Farias has achieved several academic honors, including the Bernhard T. Mittenmeyer, M.D. Presidential Endowment and Bill Gates Millennium Scholar. She is bilingual and treats men’s and women’s general urologic health concerns. Her clinical specializations include incontinence, urologic cancer, kidney stones and robotic surgery. Farias joins a team of thirty urologists at Urology San Antonio.
PRISCILLA J. GONZABA
Priscilla J. Gonzaba has recently joined the Alamo Quarry Market as their senior property manager. She has a strong background in commercial real estate property development, management, leasing and marketing. She has worked for several prominent real estate developers such as Santikos Investments, JLL as the assistant general manager of Rivercenter Mall, and DDR as the general manager of Village at Stone Oak. “This is a wonderful opportunity and I am excited to be part of one of San Antonio’s historical landmarks,” Gonzaba said.
Angie Kaufmann is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital. Kauffman received her MSN in Nursing Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and an MBA from Ken Blanchard School of Business in Grand Canyon University. She is an experienced leader in healthcare operations and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Her philosophy emphasizes the importance of making all patients feel that the hospital and staff have exceeded the patient’s expectations throughout their entire stay.
Nina Shokrian has joined Legacy Mutual Mortgage as a business development representative serving The Romanello Team. She brings over 15 years of marketing experience and has spent her career working across Texas in advertising and marketing with a focus on client services. As a business development representative, Shokrian will be developing partnerships and fostering relationships with real estate agents and homeowners across San Antonio. A proud Texas Longhorn, Shokrian is actively involved serving as an officer for her local school’s PTA while raising her two children in her hometown of San Antonio.
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Amanda Tidmore is one of the 127 TLTA Certified Escrow Settlement Professional experts in the state of Texas. She has over 20 years’ experience in the title insurance industry and has recently been named the San Antonio Division President for First American Title. First American can trace its roots back to 1889 in Orange County California. They have grown to be a Fortune 500 global provider that is customer focused. With a proactive approach, they work alongside of their customers to meet and exceed customers’ current and future needs. Tidmore’s experience and reputation makes her a perfect fit to lead.
September 5, 12, 19, 26 Rotary San Antonio Weekly Meeting
Witte Museum – Prassel Auditorium 11:30am
September 11 North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Power Networking Breakfast
Norris Conference Centers 7 – 9am
September 11 National Association of Women Business Owners Coffee Connections
Eggspectation 402 N Loop 1604 W 7:30 – 9am
September 12 San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lonestar Legislative Reception
La Villita Assembly Hall 5:30 – 7:30pm
September 12 National Association of Female Executives Monthly Meeting
Old San Francisco Steakhouse Check-in & Networking: 11:30am Lunch & Speaker: 11:45am – 12:30pm Opportunity Networking: 1 – 1:30pm September 12 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Smart Women Series
sawomanchamber.org for location 11:30am – 1pm
September 13 CREWtini 2018 8th Annual CREW San Antonio Fundraiser
Weston Centre 4:30-8:30pm
September 19 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Back-to-School Networking Mixer
sawomanchamber.org for location 5:30 – 7pm September 20 San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting: Kym’s Kids of San Antonio
103 W Ashby Place 11:00am – 1pm
September 25 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Bloomberg Business Program (Graduation)
September 26 San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn: “Hiring Veterans is Good Business!”
Presented by Grantham University 200 E Grayson St Suite 203 11:30am – 1pm September 27 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce New Member Mixer
sawomanchamber.org for location 5:30 – 7pm October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Rotary San Antonio Weekly Meeting
The Witte Museum – Prassel Auditorium 11:30pm
October 9 North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Power Networking Breakfast
Norris Conference Centers 7 – 9am
October 10 National Association of Female Executives Monthly Meeting
Old San Francisco Steakhouse Check-in & Networking: 11:30am Lunch & Speaker: 11:45am – 12:30pm Opportunity Networking: 1 – 1:30pm
October 10 North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2018 Small Business Leaders Awards
McNay Art Museum 6 – 9pm
October 17 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce POWERhour! Luncheon
sawomanchamber.org for location 11:15am – 1pm October 24 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Smart Women Series
sawomanchamber.org for location 11:30am – 1pm October 26 San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce The 25th Annual Hispanic Chamber Golf Tournament
Presented by Michelob Ultra The Republic Golf Club 7:30am – 1pm
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Successfully Building the Commercial Real Estate Puzzle
BY DAWN ROBINETTE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID TERAN
Commercial real estate may seem like it’s just buying, selling, building and leasing, but the industry is a puzzle with a wide variety of niches. From banking and lending to brokerage, title and construction—as well as engineering, property management, design and more—commercial real estate is a building project itself. In San Antonio, that intricate commercial real estate puzzle includes an array of women who excel at their roles and contribute to making each sale, each build and each property a success. Whether it’s networking, knowing just the right design to make an office space flow, understanding how to keep tenants happy, or connecting the buyers with the perfect piece of land, these women never fail to make the projects they touch a success. september/october 2018 | 63
Regional Business Development Manager, TTL, Inc. While she may not be an engineer, Dawn Vernon, Regional Development Manager with TTL, Inc., can easily list why anyone who is buying land needs to work with one. TTL specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and construction materials testing and related services.
“We’re the hidden services no one thinks about, but are so vital in the upfront portion of your project. It dictates how successful the build or remodel will be,” explained Vernon.
“Environmental studies need to be done before someone buys a piece of land. Is it environmentally sound? Is it in a flood plain? Is it an endangered species area? Then there’s the geological portion,” she explained. “What are you trying to build, and will the soil underneath support what you want? How do you achieve that goal?”
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For remodels, there is asbestos testing that must be done. “We can find a way to make it work, but you have to do your due diligence—and work with a company that’s going to give you the advice you need to make the project successful.”
Vernon said she enjoys her job, which involves a lot of networking. “Your network isn’t just all about you. It’s about the relationships that you build. It has to be a long-term relationship. It doesn’t work any other way,” she said. “You never know where your next lead, your next project or your next friend is going to come from. So, hold out a hand, and say ‘Hi, here’s who I am.’”
Her advice? “Take the risk,” she said. “If you’re confident in yourself and your team, you’ll be fine.”
Deborah Bauer Founder, Drake Commercial Group
Successfully managing big deals doesn’t require a big team – at least, not if you’re Deborah Bauer. Founder and owner of Drake Commercial Group, a boutique brokerage firm representing investors and developers in the purchase and sale of commercial properties, Bauer believes in giving individual, undivided attention to each client, maintaining a small support team and working alongside her son, Travis Bauer.
“Our size is one of the advantages we provide to clients, who always know they will speak with one of the two of us and won’t be shuffled around to multiple people, none of whom might be familiar with the details of their deal or needs,” explained Bauer.
Her approach is on target: nearly 30 years after launching the business, Bauer was recognized with the CREW Network Entrepreneurial Spirit Award last year. Her longevity and experience in the industry has allowed her to build long-term relationships. From buyers and sellers to attorneys, architects, engineers and land planners, Bauer puts people together. “I’m able to connect buyers and sellers with others in my network who can help them make the best possible decisions for their business concerns,” she said.
Bauer has used her success to help others, working with other pioneering, professional women to create Women Give Back, a nonprofit dedicated to giving back to the communities that have supported them throughout their careers. The organization hosts events each year to benefit women, children and animals in need. “Every dollar we raise goes to charity,” noted Bauer. “Thus far we have been blessed to donate almost $100,000 to deserving community groups.”
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Architecture and Design Business Development Executive, CBI Group If floor plans and office furniture don’t seem like art to you, a few minutes with Virginia Santiago, Architecture and Design Business Development executive with CBI Group, will change your mind.
With a master’s degree in fine arts, Santiago brings an artist’s eye to her job. She firmly believes office furniture is more than furniture. “People don’t really think that a space makes a difference, but it helps people be more creative and to be excited when they show up for work,” she explained. “Now, people are more about the experience. Furniture and space planning can create that experience.”
CBI Group works with brokers, architects, design firms and end users to offer turnkey solutions for all aspects of the commercial workplace, including space planning and design, as well as office moving and relocation.
Santiago previously designed restaurants, including her own, DaVinci Gelato, which she owned for eight years. Fluent in Spanish and Italian, the San Antonio native enjoys connecting with people through a variety of professional organizations. “There’s so much going on in San Antonio,” she said. “It’s exciting to learn what everyone is doing.”
She has a passion for interior design and how it impacts work.
“People work really differently now: no more cubicles, more open floor plans, more collaborative. We get excited when clients think about their team, how they’re going to collaborate with each other.” “They want to have a more inviting atmosphere to attract and retain talent,” she said. “We get really creative, creating open plans and helping define a culture for the company.”
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Dena Welch Property Manager, Highland Resources, Inc.
From construction management, tenant relations and building improvements to landscaping, the realm of commercial property management stretches farther than most people realize. “You have to know a little about a lot of things and have a great relationship with your building engineers – they’re the real experts,” explained Dena Welch, property manager with Highland Resources, Inc. “I never thought I’d know so much about HVAC, plumbing and electrical,” she laughed.
One of the things Welch said she enjoys about commercial real estate is the industry’s variety. “You’re always learning something new and there’s never a dull moment,” she said.
It is also a 24/7 job, as building emergencies can happen at any time, but no matter what property issues come Welch’s way, she greets them with a smile, a positive attitude and a terrific team – something she feels is a key to success. “Surround yourself with people you trust and they’ll work even harder for you,” she said.
Relationships are something Welch relishes, especially the ones she’s made through CREW, Commercial Real Estate Women San Antonio. She attended a monthly luncheon where she met like-minded professionals, one of whom became a mentor to her. “My life and my career began to blossom and expand, and I can honestly say it was because of CREW,” she said of getting involved with the organization. Welch currently serves as president of the organization.
She advised other women to build relationships:
“The relationships you build today may be the ones you need as a lifeline tomorrow. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Questions are good — that’s how you learn and grow.”
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women in commercial real estate Katherine Hagg
Property Manager, Spire Realty Katherine started her career in real estate when she moved to Austin after earning a degree in psychology and political science from the University of South Carolina. Like many people in property management, she came into the field unexpectedly and found she had a passion for it. Katherine joined SPIRE in November 2017 in their Austin office. She was asked to relocate to San Antonio in June of this year to help open the San Antonio and South Texas market on behalf of SPIRE. Katherine is currently working on her CPM through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a member of CREW.
SPIRE is a privately held, Texas-based real estate services company that is proud to employ more women than that of the national average.
45 NE Loop 410 • Suite 285 • San Antonio, Texas 78216 O: 210-527-8740 • T: 210-527-8744 www.spirerealty.com
Brenda Vickrey Johnson
President and CEO, Vickrey & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers Brenda Vickrey Johnson serves as the president of Vickrey & Associates, which employs over 70 professionals in San Antonio and Austin. She and her team of professionals provide land and development planning, civil engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture services to the commercial real estate industry. Vickery’s expertise is in the residential, multi-family, commercial, mixed used, and industrial markets. Vickrey is the recipient of numerous ACEC Engineering Excellence and San Antonio Best Places to Work awards. Brenda is active in the community and currently serves on the UTSA Development Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business and Community Advisory Board, the P-16 Plus Education Council of Bexar County, and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board. She is a former chairman of the board of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of the University of Texas.
12940 Country Parkway • San Antonio, Texas 78216 O: 210-349-3271 www.vickreyinc.com
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Brandey Wimberley-Orsag Executive Vice President - Commercial Lending
Brandey Wimberley Orsag has been at Jefferson Bank for 21 years. In addition to managing one of the most diverse loan and deposit portfolios, she also manages lending teams in New Braunfels, Boerne and part of San Antonio.
Furthermore, Brandey is on the faculty of SMU’s Southwestern Graduate School of Bankers (SWGSB). She leads discussion on bank performance as well as overall bank management.
Brandey has held various board positions. Currently she serves as a Board of Trustee at Texas State University Development Foundation, Past President of CREW-San Antonio, and is on Texas State University’s advisory council for the Department of Finance and Economics.
Brandey has been married for 20 years to her loving husband and they are proud parents of a daughter. She received her BBA in Finance at Texas State University, MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word and a graduate degree in Banking from SWGSB at SMU.
P.O. Box 5190 • San Antonio, Texas 78201 O: 210-736-7450 • F: 210-736-7356 www.jeffersonbank.com
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Senior Director, Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefiled Carrie has nearly 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, including the last 20 years in the investment sales arena. She specializes in the disposition of income producing investment property throughout Central and South Texas, with a concentration in the San Antonio and Austin markets. Her in-depth knowledge and ability to source private capital has served to create optimum value for her clients.
Carrie has closed numerous commercial property transactions encompassing over $1 billion in sales and joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2017. Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. It is among the largest real estate services firms with nearly 50,000 employees around the world.
Carrie has served on various boards and committees throughout her career, including as past president and member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) San Antonio and the Aggie Real Estate Network.
200 E. Grayson St. • Suite 124 • San Antonio, Texas 78215 O: 210-640-1757 • C: 210-275-4933 www.cushmanwakefield.com
Carolyn Johnson Fletcher
Assistant Vice President/Commercial Escrow Officer Carolyn, a commercial escrow officer for over 30 years specializes in SBA 504 and all commercial transactions. Carolyn is currently the Chairperson for the Mid America Lenders conference (MALC2019.com) Carolyn has served on boards of CREW, CCIM, CTAGGL and actively serves on committees for each organization. Carolyn is an EVA ROSOW Award of Excellence recipient. As an active volunteer for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Carolyn serves on the Bar-B-Q, Steer and Western Art committees. Customer service and communication are a high priority with Carolyn’s team!
Alamo Title Company has been in San Antonio for over 90 years and is a part of the Fidelity National Title Group, the largest title insurance group in the United States.
950 E. Basse Road. • San Antonio, Texas 78209 O: 210-536-0205 • C: 210-383-4496 Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org www.alamotitle.com
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women in commercial real estate Tina Louise Montoya VP Operations & Business Development
Tina Louise Montoya is the co-owner of LONESTAR Pest Solutions a San Antonio based company family owned, with over 30 years of experience in the pest control industry. Lonestar Pest Solutions believes every account is serviced to meet the customize needs of their clients and, prides themselves on being an effective, efficient and experienced organization. Tina currently serves on the board for the SAHCC, stays involved with the community.
P. O. Box 461574 San Antonio, Texas 78216 O: 210-653-4250 • C: 210.334.1364 email@example.com www.lonestarpestsolutions.com
SVP/Commercial Lender NMLS# 490679
Lydia Gonzales joined the First National Bank of Beeville in 2017, extending the bank’s commercial lending presence in the San Antonio market. Ms. Gonzales has over 20 years of banking experience in San Antonio. Her vast leadership experience has made her a valuable resource in assisting high net worth business clients in the South Texas region. Lydia currently sits on the Board of RMA Woman in Finance. Her involvement in the community includes the Hispanic Chamber, North Chamber, Commercial Real Estate for Women, CCIM, and the Bexar County Medical Society.
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Dena Welch Property Manager, Highland Resources, Inc.
Dena is a Property Manager with Highland Resources, Inc. a familyowned real estate investment and development company with a proud history and remarkable track record of success in developing residential and commercial projects.
Dena is currently the President of CREW San Antonio (Commercial Real Estate Women) and recently won her boxing match in the 2018 RESCA Fight Night. This was a huge challenge for her, Dena wanted to show all women they can accomplish the impossible if you set your mind to it.
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 801 San Antonio, Texas 78213 O: 210-455-2478 • C: 210-765-8722 email@example.com www.highlandresources.com
A Guide to Senior Savings BY DAWN ROBINETTE
Some people grimace about growing older, but one of the benefits of having more candles on your birthday cake is sliding into the “senior” category. If you think you don’t qualify, think again: many programs are open to those 50 and older. That’s right: simply hitting 50, an age where there’s so much more to life, often means you can claim senior discounts. When there are savings to be had, there’s another reason to celebrate all of those birthday candles.
Why not make your senior status work for you by taking advantage of the discounts that are offered to the 50-plus crowd? Senior discounts are icing on the birthday cake and can mean savings on everything from cell phone plans to amusement parks, as well as travel, movie theaters, restaurants, haircuts and more.
So how do you jump into senior savings, especially if you don’t consider yourself “senior”? Part of it is not being afraid to ask. Not all available discounts are advertised. Some require AARP membership, an acronym and group so well known that it needs no introduction. The American Association of Retired Persons (that’s what AARP stands for) has more than 40 million members – and you don’t have to be retired to join. 76 | sawoman.com
While many balk when they receive an AARP solicitation in the mail, you shouldn’t: AARP membership is essential to unlocking senior savings and discounts, and annual memberships start as low as $12 per year. Even with an AARP card, however, there is a caveat: make sure the senior or AARP discount is the best deal offered. Lower rates or specials may beat the senior deal.
“Sometimes a cruise will offer a senior discount, but it’s not as good as the lowest deal you can get,” explained Anne Breihan, a travel specialist with San Antonio’s Fuller Travel.
Breihan notes that tour companies and cruise lines may offer senior deals, but you need to book with a companion or be charged a higher, single rate — no matter your age.
The travel specialists with Fuller Travel always look for senior deals when assisting clients, but also look for the best deal overall. One travel area that does offer senior discounts is hotels, which often offer AARP rates — helping make your AARP membership pay for itself.
“If there are hotel rooms, car rental senior discounts or AARP discounts, they
come across our system and we can book them for you,” explained Breihan. “We try to make trips as easy as we can, and we ask for discounts everywhere.”
In some instances, a senior discount may not be the best rate, but it offers additional perks, like the ability to get a refund on a non-refundable deposit or ticket.
For example, the senior rate available through Southwest Airlines is higher than the airline’s “Wanna Get Away” offers, but the senior tickets may be cancelled for a refund. “So, it’s not a deal necessarily, but it’s a benefit that allows greater flexibility,” noted Breihan. Fuller Travel can help find the best deals and benefits that fit any travel needs, saving time and money as you look for the best option for your next trip.
The array of senior discounts isn’t limited to just travel. Just going out to dinner or shopping gives you a chance to save. However, you need to know to ask for the discount — many places do not voluntarily offer a deal unless it’s requested, and some deals do vary by location.
Interested in dinner and a movie? Santikos Theaters offer a senior discount,
Age is just a number, so blow out those candles and claim your discounts!
as do AMC, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas. Each discount varies, so be sure to ask.
As for dinner — or lunch, or breakfast — the options are endless. From Krispy Kreme to the new Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the River Walk, seniors can receive discounted meals. In addition to 15 percent off, Denny’s even offers a special menu for those 55 and over. Other discounts include national chains, like Applebee’s, Carabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Saltgrass Steakhouse, which is part of the Landry’s family of restaurants. Landry’s offers senior discounts across their family of restaurants and in San Antonio, that includes Rainforest Café and Landry’s Seafood House.
Not to be outdone, Texas-favorite Whataburger offers seniors a free coffee or 8-ounce drink with their meal. It’s important to note that some dining deals require AARP membership, so definitely check beforehand.
Of course, San Antonio is home to multiple attractions and museums. And yes, senior discounts are available. On the River Walk, Go Rio Cruises offers a senior discount on rides on the city’s
iconic river boats. Seniors, in this case 60 and older, pay $9 instead of the regular $12 fare. Go Rio Cruises also offers a local (Bexar County) resident discount for ages six to 59 for $10. While it’s free to visit the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, there are some national parks that charge entry fees, including Padre Island National Seashore. To save, seniors who are 62 and older can pay $20 for an annual pass for admission to any national park, or $80 for a lifetime pass. The senior pass is available at any park that charges entry fees or can be ordered by phone.
The Witte Museum offers both a senior admission discount and a special senior family membership, allowing seniors to visit the museum with their families throughout the year. The San Antonio Art Museum offers discounted senior admission, as do the McNay Art Museum and the Briscoe Western Art Museum. On the wilder side, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers senior pricing as well. Ticketmaster also offers seniors special pricing on certain events, but an AARP membership is required.
Retailers also offer senior discounts, some of which are only offered on certain shopping days or require that you join the
store’s loyalty program. Walgreens offers seniors a 20 percent discount on the first Tuesday of the month, while Ross offers 10 percent off every Tuesday. Kohl’s offers a special 15 percent discount every Wednesday for customers age 60 or older. Beall’s offers 20 percent off every Wednesday and ACE Hardware locations may offer a 10 percent discount.
There are also senior discounts on necessities, like oil changes and cellular service. Both Jiffy Lube and Pep Boys offer senior discounts, but keep in mind that the offers may vary by location. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Cricket Wireless offer senior pricing plans on cellular service. However, like with all discounts, it’s important to makes sure that the deal includes the service you need, or you may end up spending more money than you would on a regular plan.
So, blow out those candles and proudly claim your discounts. If you’re not sure whether a hotel, restaurant or service provider offers a senior discount, be sure to ask. You never know what discount you could be leaving on the table. After all, age is just a number, so let those numbers add up to savings. You can spend the money you save on a bigger cake and more candles next year.
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The Smartphone Distraction Struggle BY PAMELA V. MILLER
June 29, 2007, the first iPhone was released. Up to this point, existing “smartphones” only provided phone, email and internet capabilities, but Apple’s revolutionary device did so much more. Its easy usability and its versatility were two of the new smartphone’s most prominent features. Anyone could use it, and it would easily work with third-party applications.
Fast forward 11 years after its initial release, and there’s no limit to what you can do with your iPhone and/or comparable smartphone device. From listening to music and editing pictures to tracking your fitness goals, playing games and conducting banking transactions; you name it, there’s an app for it. We are all dependent on our wireless devices, and they’ve become an integral part of life – even for our children.
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From school communications to homework apps and social media, our children are also obsessed with the ease of use and convenience that smartphones offer. It’s not out of the ordinary to see children as young as six years old with their own smartphone, and schools have even updated their handbooks to include them.
Although these powerful devices may have simplified life for us in many ways, it’s important to recognize the complications they’ve also created – one of which is distraction. Ironically, these communication devices are distracting us all from each other and preventing us from being fully present when we are together. So much so that they have incited social media wars and have attributed to countless articles and blog posts surrounding their use while caring for little ones.
It’s not uncommon to see families sitting together and not communicating because one or all of them are on their phones. We’ve all witnessed parents on the sidelines at sports games or at a park staring at their screens while their little ones
play. We’ve all passed the occasional cart at H-E-B holding a toddler and smart device while their parent shops. Some of us may have even experienced the incessant tug on our shirts while we’re mid-transaction or text and told our little ones to wait “just a minute.”
Have smartphones, whose initial purpose was to improve the lines of communication between people, created communication barriers?
Make no mistake, I am not guiltless of these infractions, nor do I wish to incite a debate about the proper use of smartphones. Like many parents, I’ve used the convenience and ease of multitasking that these wonderful devices offer. They make life easier, and in this very complicated world we live in, it’s difficult not to take advantage of that.
What I wish to convey is the idea that as parents, we need to remember the basic fundamentals of family life – one of which is being truly present. Keeping a good balance between smartphone usage and knowing when to unplug can prevent us from missing out on the important and human moments in life that we should all enjoy.
Here are a few ways to balance the smartphone distraction struggle: DESIGNATE A “PHONE-FREE” TIME IN YOUR HOME
Whether it’s during meal times or after a certain hour, your family can benefit from unplugging and being together daily.
DESIGNATE “PHONE-FREE” SITUATIONS
As a parent, it’s crucial to be available via cellular at all times, but many apps aren’t necessary during important functions. You can designate phone-free time during outings, sports games, and/or school events to be more present and enjoy that time with your children. Keep your phone on you for emergency calls, but try not to use it for texting and apps.
screens. Limit the number of apps they have on their phone or pick a few age-appropriate apps and trash the rest.
FAMILY PHONE TIME
Smartphone usage isn’t all bad, especially when used wisely. You can use phone time as an opportunity to spend time together. Try playing a game using an app together as a family. Not only can it be fun, but it can also help you to communicate more.
In addition to distractions, it’s also important to note that smartphones can pose a number of threats to our children’s safety. To ensure their safety while using apps, browsing online or texting, be sure to monitor how your children are using their smartphones. Here are three safety precautions to take when allowing your children to use a smartphone:
It’s important to know and/or limit what your children are being exposed to on a daily basis. You can limit the amount of time and type of apps your children have access to on their phone through parent controls.
KNOW THEIR APPS
Be sure to review and discuss new games and apps before downloading. You should always know what they are watching or playing, and who they are communicating with through apps.
KNOW THEIR PASSWORDS
Parents should have access to their children’s phones at all times.
Smart devices are extremely useful and convenient, and they give us a way to communicate with our children when we’re not together. However, when we are together, it’s important to make good use of that time by remaining fully present. Finding a good balance between phone and family time can help your family to communicate more, learn, play and grow together.
Observing and learning about the world around you is better when done in real life. Sitting in a waiting room, waiting at a restaurant, or being a passenger can be enjoyed without the use of a smartphone. Use the opportunity to talk and have your children observe the world around them instead.
PLAYDATES SHOULD BE PHONE-FREE
Playdates should be phone-free. Developing social skills and interacting face-to-face are important for children’s development. Limit or avoid smart device usage for kids during playdates, and encourage healthy or physical play.
LIMIT THE NUMBER OF APPS
There are apps for everything, but children don’t need them all. The fewer they have, the less time they’ll be locked to their
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LEADING THE FIGHT FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL MOMS AND BABIES. Dear Friends and Supporters:
This year, 2018, March of Dimes is celebrating our 80th anniversary. The world has changed so much since our founding, but the work of March of Dimes is as relevant as ever. As President of this historic organization, I often reflect on how we can meet today’s challenges and continue to serve as the leader in mom and baby health. I am proud of the advances we’ve made in 2017, in particular: • • • •
Launching the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign Collaborative in March Launching the March of Dimes Perinatal Safety Center in May Earning GuideStar’s highest level of recognition, the Platinum Seal of Transparency Rebranding March of Dimes to match our champion spirit and unrivaled legacy
And while we gave nearly 4 million babies in this country the best possible start last year, that doesn’t change the fact that nearly half a million of those babies were born prematurely or with birth defects. This urgent health crisis called preterm birth is not going away — in fact, provisional data for 2017 shows it’s getting worse and U.S. preterm birth rates have risen for the third year in a row. Even though the U.S. is one of the most highly resourced countries in the world, 20 high income countries have lower preterm birth rates than every state in the U.S. Shining a light on another problem in this country, women of color have an up to 50 percent higher rate of preterm birth than white women. Our work for ALL moms, ALL babies, ALL families is crucial now. Here’s where March of Dimes can turn things around. We have a history of mobilizing individuals to address a public health crisis — that’s just what we did under the great Franklin D. Roosevelt who founded this organization to solve the epidemic of polio. Our commitment today is to combat preterm birth with the mobilization of communities near and far. At March of Dimes we’re implementing solutions to reduce risk — solutions like group prenatal care — and investigating the underlying causes of preterm birth and maternal and infant death. Answers, preventions and courses of treatment for all families in this country will come from new approaches and data, including collaborations like our newest March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Imperial College London. Eighty years of fighting for the health of every family has made us the strong, reliable and empowering organization we are today. We ask each of you to channel your inner FDR to be part of the mobilization — to lead this country toward birth equity and a brighter future for us all. Thank you for being part of this incredible effort. Here are some highlights of our goals through 2020, which will inspire you to keep fighting for the health of all moms and babies. We’re accelerating new interventions and solutions with a focus on equity and lowering preterm birth. • This will include a national campaign in at least 30 states, commissioning six research studies integrating social and biological sciences and expanding our Supportive Pregnancy Care program sites. We’re building a movement by mobilizing people to generate more than 15 thousand advocacy actions. • This will include a 5 percent increase in public awareness of disparities around birth, expanding our digital subscribers to 1M and mobilizing 100K volunteers to take action. Passionately,
STACEY D. STEWART PRESIDENT MARCH OF DIMES
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Breast cancer affects about one in eight American women.
BY BERIT MASON
ccording to a report by The American Cancer Society, “breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.” Everyone knows someone, or someone who knows someone else, who has faced this specific type of cancer. Why is it that breasts are so prone to this disease? Dr. Lillian Chou, of San Antonio's Aurora Breast Center, said certain parts of the human body, such as breasts, are regulated by hormones, which makes them more susceptible to cancer. That's because in areas under hormonal jurisdiction, cells divide faster, increasing the odds of something going wrong. She pointed to findings at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, which cite: “The high rate of cell turnover in the breast can contribute to cancer cells.” Adults cells don't divide often, but when they do, things can go awry. “When cells divide, they can mutate,” said Chou, likening them to a stand-up guy turning criminal – a good cell going bad. As breasts and their milk glands undergo many hormonal fluctuations in a lifetime, those cells divide with a greater chance of mutation. Mutating cells populate, and cancer spreads.
Alamo Heights native Lucy Nerio found out she had breast cancer when she was in her 50s.
“After you have cancer, if anything goes wrong, you think it might be cancer again. The worst part was the chemo,” Nerio added. “It felt like poison.” Her late mother, Dr. Colleen Williams, whose family founded San Antonio's Ingram Manufacturing Inc., survived two rounds of breast cancer. That family history increased Nerio's chance of developing the disease herself. According to the United States’ National Cancer Institute (NCI): “Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome,” with an increased lifetime risk of female breast and ovarian cancers. Despite the common misconception, not all breast cancer cases have to end in mastectomies. For example, Nerio had a 100 | sawoman.com
Above: Lucy Nerio with her daughter Maggie. Nerio had breast cancer in 2005 and remains in remission today. Left: Maggie Houston was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and is diligent about follow up care.
lumpectomy. Texas Breast Specialists' Dr. Kathryn Wagner said a lumpectomy, with radiation, is a suitable procedure if the tumor is relatively small. Mastectomies (removal of the entire affected breast) are performed if the tumor is too large relative to the breast. “A radical mastectomy is rarely performed anymore,” said Wagner. “It was abandoned in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s in favor of the modified radical mastectomy, sparing the pectoralis major muscle.” Maggie Houston is another San Antonio breast cancer survivor. Her father is Fred Tips, whose family started Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries. Active in San Antonio society, Maggie was struck by the disease in 2010.
“Everyone knows someone or some family with a cancer experience,” she said. “The adage of early detection saves lives. Don’t be afraid; the unknown is scarier. Listen to that 'little voice' and get checked.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Even experts in the disease and its treatment are not immune.
“In 2004, I became a breast cancer patient and underwent comprehensive, multimodality breast cancer treatments, like most of my patients,” said Chou, a board-certified radiation oncologist. “Since then, I have been a grateful breast cancer survivor. The continued journey of cancer survivorship is challenging and rewarding. It gives me a different perspective in just about everything in my life, particularly as a physician, a healer.” Above: Dr. Lillian Chou of Aurora Breast Center in San Antonio is a breast cancer doctor and a breast cancer survivor.
The good news is that medical knowledge progresses each and every decade.
One advancement is a new experimental therapy. NCI researchers, under the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), took a few rare cells from the immune system of a sick patient inside of a tumor, battling it out with cancer cells. The scientists then duplicated the immune cells in a lab, and multiplied them. Doctors then infused billions of those cancer-fighting cells back into the patient. Before, there were too few of those cells to fight effectively. Multiplied, however, they were an army, vanquishing the patient's cancer. “With the advances in breast cancer treatment, some stage 4 metastatic breast cancer patients can survive with the disease for a long time, much like living with a chronic disease,” said Chou. “This is extremely exciting and encouraging.” Women over 50 are at a higher risk of breast cancer, but it is never too late to start taking preventative measures. Although there is still no cure, Chou said she is encouraged by the progress of modern medicine. “Armed with the progressive medical knowledge, breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow up care have been improving,” said Chou. “We have less breast cancer death, less treatment related side effects and better quality of breast cancer survivorship.”
For more information on breast cancer: www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html
Outside of the pink ribbons, it’s a month dedicated to helping women understand the risk of breast cancer, how important getting checked can be, and ways to prevent the disease. There are simple steps women can take to stay informed and aware, and potentially save their own lives. Get regular mammograms, according to age and doctors' recommendations. South Texas Radiology Imaging Centers, STRIC, offers “digital breast tomosynthesis”, 3D mammograms that photograph breasts in slices, eliminating overlap. Radiologists are then able to get a clearer image of inner tissue. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds can lead to greater risk, because extra fat cells produce more estrogen than the body needs. Eat fruits and vegetables. A few to keep on stock are dark green, leafy vegetables, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, citrus fruits, apples and strawberries, just to name a few. Too much alcohol and processed foods strain and weaken the immune system, so enjoy everything in moderation. Limit hormone therapy. Reduce exposure to pollutants. Exercise. Working out regularly lowers blood estrogen levels, and women with high estrogen levels in their blood are often at an increased risk for breast cancer. Dedicate a little bit of time each day to doing something that gets your blood pumping.
Do not smoke. Just don’t – it’s not worth the risk!
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BOERNE & COMFORT BY JENNIFER Oâ€™NEIL PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID TERAN
Passion, necessity and family served as the catalyst for the following group of women when setting out to build their businesses. Amber Haynes of McKenna Quinn shares her love for the sports of hunting and fishing through her fashionable and functional pieces made specifically for women. Dershie Kurtz of Texas Kids Home Therapy and Nursing works to meet the needs of children in the Hill Country area with therapy and nursing services, and Brenda Young of Bending Branch Winery has built a family legacy with her husband, helping it to become one of the largest employers in the Comfort area. All three possess no shortage of know-how, perseverance, and most of all, gratitude, for the things they have and continue to accomplish in their respective fields.
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or some women, fashion reflects who they are, and sometimes, it also serves a purpose. The marriage of these two is exactly what Amber Haynes has created with her clothing store, McKenna Quinn, which offers women’s hunting and fishing apparel for the seasoned and novice alike. Her designs bring “fashion to field and stream”, and the decision to do so began with her desire to outfit women in the right apparel made specifically for them and their needs, something she found was lacking. “There’s a lot of guys clothes, but they didn’t really have anything that was really created for women to shoot in and hunt in, so that kind of sparked my imagination to see if I could create that,” Haynes explained. Growing up, Haynes spent a lot of time with her dad hunting and fishing, but there was a period of time when she stepped away from it. It was after she went through a divorce and had more free time on the weekends that she decided to pick it up again. Haynes then began designing from firsthand experience to produce big seller pieces such as her shirts, which allow movement for hunters to lift their arms for shooting. Her current favorite is a green, sleeveless lightweight version of this shirt. Another customer favorite is her Upland pants. They help keep stickers out when hunting in high grass, and are waterproof. Offered in a flattering, feminine cut, these pants are a great option for women out in the field. Located in Boerne and launched in 2017, McKenna Quinn did not start without trial and error, but over time Haynes found businesses interested in carrying her pieces, and, after a friend’s connection with a patternmaker and seamstress, her designs came to life. She does not have a showroom, sharing space with her parents’ business office to take orders and send shipments, but three stores play an integral part in showcasing her clothes for customers to try on and see what is featured on her website and blog. Her fishing shirts are available at Laurie Saunders in San Antonio; the Tackle Box in Alamo Heights carries her hunting shirts; and Los Cazadores just outside of Pearsall provides all of her products. Given the challenges she faced when starting out, including her commitment to ensure all clothing is American made, one of the things she said she enjoys the most is the doors it has opened for her to now host hunting events. Haynes works with different lodges to host an event with sporting clays or dove hunts, and whether it’s giving skilled hunters an opportunity to come together with other women who also enjoy it or bringing first-time hunters in to do so in a comfortable setting, these events allow Haynes to share her passion with others. “I have so much fun getting to outfit these ladies that are getting ready to go out on their adventures,” she said. “Some ladies are going hunting with their husbands, families or friends, and getting to outfit them and make them comfortable before they go into the field, I have a blast with that.” Her next hosted event, a dove hunt, will take place this month in Pearsall. It’s another continued opportunity to hunt more with her dad, and she’s also given an introduction to her daughters Piper and Adelaide – both namesakes for a shooting and fishing shirt. You can find her line at www.shopmckennaquinn.com.
ecessity – that was the driving factor behind Dershie Kurtz and her husband, Stephen’s, decision to establish Texas Kids Home Therapy and Nursing. Kurtz, a physical therapist and resident of Boerne for over 16 years, began to notice children were experiencing long gaps in the visits made to their homes for services, as well as companies based out of San Antonio that were simply tired of the drive out to Boerne. That’s when she stepped in to ensure the children of the Hill Country area had more opportunities to receive the help they needed. “Knowing that you’re helping them and that you’re providing a service that they appreciate and really need is rewarding,” she explained. Texas Kids provides in-home physical, occupational and speech therapy services, along with private duty nursing in Boerne, treating children as young as newborns up to the age of 21 in their homes to see them in their natural environment and better access their needs. Its reach extends to the rural areas of Comfort, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Medina, Bandera, Castroville, New Braunfels and parts of San Antonio. When she first began in 2011, Kurtz brought an occupational and speech therapist on board and, together, their three-person team set out to these small towns to get things started. Kurtz’s desire to assist those in need through physical therapy stemmed from watching her grandmother, who lived with Parkinson’s Disease and was bedridden with the condition toward the latter part of her life. Kurtz believed if someone was available to help her then she would move again, and this belief – along with being an athletic person herself, having always enjoyed sports – triggered her to look toward a career in rehabilitation. The decision to start their business venture hasn’t been without its challenges, with the therapy side experiencing changes in 2016 with how they do authorizations and how they get paid. Given those challenges, the things she said she enjoys most about what they have accomplished for children and their families is seeing the kids progress. For some of these families, something as simple as being able to sit down and enjoy a meal may have been a challenge, since their child may have had trouble just eating and swallowing prior to therapy. With private duty nursing, they allow families to have a break, giving family members a chance to do things such as go to a job or participate in a sports activity with their other children. “It can be a huge blessing to some of these families,” Kurtz said. “If you’ve never been in a family like that or been around it, you don’t know what a struggle it is for these families to have to
Texas Kids Home Therapy and Nursing live day-to-day with children with major disabilities or illnesses. That positive feedback from parents, families and therapists makes it all worth it.” Today, Texas Kids has grown tremendously with a staff of almost 170, which includes about 75 therapists, almost 20 inoffice staff, and 70-75 private duty nurses. In talking with Kurtz, she expressed her and Stephen’s mentality of always wanting to take care of their staff, and that includes bringing their family dog, Bentley, the designated director of happiness, into the office to keep things stress-free. When the husband and wife team are not in the office, they enjoy helping their son, Kade, and daughter, Karson, with 4H activities, or going to the lake as a family. september/october 2018 | 105
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uilding a business from the ground-up is no easy feat, especially when you are doing it quite literally, which was the case for Brenda Young and her husband, Bob, when they made the decision to open a winery back in 2009. After a yearand-a-half long search to find the right property for grape growing, they came upon the perfect spot near the historic town of Comfort to establish Bending Branch Winery, where today it sits upon a sprawling 56-acre estate. Bending Branch opened its Tasting Room in August of 2010, and another, Branch on High, in downtown Comfort a few years later. From its inception, it has been producing award-winning wines with the most recent award, Top Texas Winery, coming from the 2018 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. Its many accolades are something Young credits her husband with, as his medical background and love for science and research all led to his work in creating unique methods for their wine production. General manager Jennifer McInnis Fadel shared how he uses Thermoflash and Cyro-Maceration to create their wines and has “perfected” winemaking. During the winery’s early days, Young expressed how thrilled she was at the opportunities bestowed upon her through running the winery. “The wonderful aspect for me was the creativity that came out of furnishing and accessorizing the tasting rooms and administration office,” she explained. “I didn’t see myself as having that skill set.” She affectionately recalls writing as her forte, and in the beginning, she handled writing and marketing for the winery’s website. Tapping into her creative side was a bonus in what they view as a legacy they have built for their daughter Ali, who currently manages administration tasks for the staff. Running the winery is a family affair in more ways than one, with the sense of closeness extending not only to the almost 30 staff members the winery employs, but also to the rest of the community in Comfort through its charitable efforts. Over the years, Bending Branch has found ways to continually give back to its hometown by hosting various events, from its Tennis Pro Am to the annual Kentucky Derby party. The Kentucky Derby Party, which pays homage to the Young’s Kentucky roots, supports the Comfort Area Foundation, which Bob serves on, helping to support the underserved or make improvements around town. On a weekly basis, Bending Branch even hosts a potluck dinner at the Branch on High Tasting Room, where locals come together over themed dinners to socialize and share a meal as a community. This fall Bending Branch will support its most special cause to date, Parkinson’s research, with its offering of a special reserve wine. A late harvest Petite Sirah fittingly called Brenda’s Cuvee 106 | sawoman.com
Bending Branch Winery will be available for the first time to support Young and her diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease. A portion of those proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Young was first diagnosed back in 2005 while they were still living in Atlanta and began stepping away from her work at the winery in 2014. She underwent deep brain surgery two years ago, and her strength and joyful spirit continue to shine through as she refers to notable people — including Einstein, Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali — who share in the diagnosis. “I am in good company,” she said. Bending Branch Winery was just voted the third Top Winery Tasting Room in the country by USA Today. They are open Thursday through Sunday with tours taking place every Saturday at 2:00 pm, but no appointments are necessary when stopping by. If you love great wine and want to visit a nationally-acclaimed winery, you’ll want to pay them a visit.
EVENT CALENDAR Every Saturday Farmers Market at the Cibolo 33 Herff Road, Boerne 9:00 am
September 22 Moondance Concert Series 140 City Park Road, Boerne 7:00 pm
Every 2nd Saturday Second Saturday Art Beat 100 N Main St, Boerne 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 29 Comfort Public Library Benefit, Taste of Comfort 505 US Hwy 87, Comfort 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm October 1 – 31 Hill Country Wine Trail Month http://texaswinetrail.com/ October 1 – 31 Scarecrow Invasion Contest and Viewing Comfort
September 1 – 2 Kendall County Fair and Rodeo 1307 River Road, Boerne 10:00 am September 8 Back the Badge Trail 5k City Park Rd, Boerne 6:30 am – 9:30 am September 8 - 9 Boerne Market Days 100 North Main, Boerne 10:00 am – 5:00 pm September 11 Music in the Park Comfort Park Highway 27 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
October 6 Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fall Festival 114 US-87, Comfort October 6 Boerne Book and Arts Fest 451 N Main St, Boerne 10:00 am – 4:00 pm October 11 Sip and Savor 202 W Kronkosky St, Boerne 6:00 pm October 20 – 21 Texas Hill Country Antique Show 403 Highway 27, Comfort 10:00 am – 5:00 pm October 20 Concert in the Cave: The Haunted Show 325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne 7:00 pm
September 15 Boerne Paddle Battle 1 City Lake Rd, Boerne 8:00 am September 15 A Community Celebration of Hispanic Culture Comfort Park 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
October 26 – 27 Boerne Handmade Market 202 W Kronkosky St, Boerne 9:00 am
September 15 Comfort Art Festival High St, Comfort 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 27 Boerne Boo Celebration 451 N Main St, Boerne 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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San Antonio Woman has selected the top 20 restaurants in Boerne, Comfort and Leon Springs local women will want to visit! Take a road trip or two, and check them out! Seafood-centric American cuisine in a rustic, romantic setting with a deck overlooking a creek. THE CREEK RESTAURANT
119 Staffel St, Boerne, TX 78006 thecreekrestaurant.com
Seasonal and organic new American cuisine and wines are presented with flair in a cozy, upbeat setting. VALERIA RISTORANTE ITALIANO
109 Waterview Parkway #105, Boerne, TX 78006
A local, family-owned and operated restaurant with genuine Texas barbecue. FRITZE’S BBQ & CATERING
926 N Main St, Boerne, TX 78006 702 7th St, Comfort, TX 78013 fritzesbbq.com
Schnitzel and strudel headline this sunny German eatery in a homey space with a bar and biergarten. LITTLE GRETEL RESTAURANT
518 River Rd, Boerne, TX 78006 littlegretel.com
New American eatery offering an inventive, seasonal menu and extensive wine list in stylish surroundings. CYPRESS GRILLE
170 S Main St, Boerne, TX 78006 cypressgrilleboerne.com
Casual sports bar and grill featuring American pub grub, live music, a roomy deck and a kids' play area. DOG AND PONY GRILL
1481 S Main St, Boerne, TX 78006 dogandponygrill.com
Boisterous Mexican bar and grill known for homemade tamales, plus regular live music performances. MI CASA TAMALES
25930 Frontage Rd, Boerne, TX 78006 tamalesmicasa.com
Quaint breakfast and lunch in a bright, homey space serving comfort food and baked goods. BEAR MOON BAKERY AND CAFÉ
401 S Main St, Boerne, TX 78006 bearmoonbakery.com
Originally constructed in 1884, the Dienger building is now home to a café, bookstore and event space. THE DIENGER TRADING CO
210 N Main St, Boerne, TX 78006 thediengertradingco.com
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A family tradition still making all of their breads, pies, cheesecakes, soups and dressings from scratch with Gerri’s original recipes. “The best made-from-scratch pies money can buy.” BUMDOODLERS
929 N Main St, Boerne, TX 78006 bumdoodlers.com
Old-world, wood-fired pizzeria with a unique beer and wine list, gelato, coffee, retro bicycle rentals and alfresco dining under umbrellas cooled with misters. COMFORT PIZZA
802 High St, Comfort, TX 78013
Bistro cuisine with a Texas flare… Relax, enjoy and experience some foods you’ve never had before! 814 A TEXAS BISTRO
713 High St, Comfort, TX 78013 814texasbistro.com
Lani's Gourmet Cheesecakes are custom-order, made-fromscratch, succulent cheesecakes. You will taste the fresh ingredients in every bite. LANI’S CHEESECAKES & COFFEE HOUSE
510 TX-27, Comfort, TX 78013
Storied, counter-serve coffee/gift shop with gourmet sandwiches and baked goods, plus outdoor seating. HIGH’S CAFÉ & STORE
726 High St, Comfort, TX 78013 highscafeandstore.com
European-inspired destination serving eclectic fare and fine wines in a rustic locale with live music. THE GRILL AT LEON SPRINGS
24116 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257 leonspringsgrill.com
Relaxed spot with unique hand-tossed pizza, beer, wine, live music and outdoor dining under oak trees. FRALO’S
23651 West I- 10,San Antonio, TX 78257 fralos.com
Brisket, ribs and sides served up cafeteria-style in a no-frills setting with indoor picnic tables. LEON SPRINGS BBQ – THE ORIGINAL RUDY’S
24152 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257 rudysbbq.com
Family-friendly eatery serving classic fare, wine and cocktails in a window-filled space with a patio. SCUZZI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
24165 I-10 W #433, San Antonio, TX 78257 scuzzisitalianrestaurant.com
A rotating roster of local food trucks gathered in a tree-shaded park with seating and a bar. THE POINT PARK AND EATS
24188 Boerne Stage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78255 parkatthepoint.com
Local counter-serve chain dishing up burgers and American comfort food in a casual, rustic space. LONGHORN CAFÉ
23775 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257 thelonghorncafe.com
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BY IRIS GONZALEZ hen it comes to the iconic vegetables of the fall garden, pumpkins and winter squash should be on the list of most south-central Texas gardeners. Just a few healthy squash plants will reward you with an abundant harvest over the course of San Antonio’s long growing season. Summer squash are those types eaten when the fruit is immature and the skin tender, such as zucchini, yellow crook and patty pan squash. It is the winter squash that have thicker skins and are best planted in early fall. Winter squash should mature on the plant before harvest. They usually have hard flesh that is best when baked and are typically mild flavored. Unlike summer squash, winter squash will keep from two to six months or more depending on the variety and storage conditions. Pumpkins and squash belong to the same Cucurbitaceae family of plants and botanically are considered fruits. There are so many choices of winter squash and pumpkins for a fall garden, from the versatile acorn and butternut squash to the classic Cinderella pumpkins or distinctly shaped turban squashes.
Let it Grow Room, Sun and Moisture
The first requirement for growing squash is space – they need lots of it. Luckily, it only takes a few plants to feed a family. Squash grows best in full sun, in well-drained, sandy, fertile soils with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, and ideally in soils with lots of organic matter. Spread two to three inches of organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over the planting area, then till to mix into the top eight to 10 inches of soil. Squash fall into two distinct categories: ones that grow like a bush, such as zucchini, and vining squash. Bush squash are more compact to grow and tend to mature more quickly – between 75 and 85 days for most varieties, compared to more than 100 days for vining squash like pumpkins. Be sure to plant seeds in late summer so
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the squash will mature in time before the first killing frost – typically around Thanksgiving for our area. A bush squash typically takes up an area no bigger than three feet by three feet. You can fit three hills of bush squash with two or three plants per hill in a four-by-eight-feet bed. The vining types, such as Hubbard or Acorn, need more room. Plant vining squash in a hill 18 to 48 inches apart in rows three to eight feet apart. When planting seeds for either type of squash, plant five or six seeds about one inch deep in each hill. Make sure the soil is moist enough for seed germination. Once the seeds sprout, thin out the weaker seedlings by pinching them off at the soil level, so there are three vigorously growing squash plants per hill. Squash can be heavy feeders, so add two to three pounds of fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, for every 100 square feet of garden area. If you plan to grow only a few plants, use two to three tablespoons of fertilizer for each hill. Keep well watered and when the first blooms appear, place about two tablespoons of garden fertilizer around each hill. Always harvest squash once mature so plants will keep producing. Harvest winter squash when they are full-sized and the skin is hard. The bottom of the fruit should be cream/orange colored. A light frost will not damage fruits of winter squash. Squash is best when cut, not pulled, from the vine.
So Much Squash and Good for You, Too
Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Delicata, Spaghetti, Table Queen, Hubbard and Calabaza are among the many squash that thrive in Texas. If you are short on space, train vining squash and smaller pumpkins to climb on a fence or trellis. Pumpkins range from miniatures weighing in at less than a pound at about the size of your fist to giant pumpkins worthy of competition. Citrus-sized pumpkins like Jack Be Little, a flatter orange miniature, can climb a fence. Commonly found in grocery stores around
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Halloween, Baby Boo tiny white pumpkins add a nice touch to indoor dĂŠcor that can last until Christmas. Small pumpkins like Baby Bear are only slightly larger than most muskmelons and have an attractive, rounded shape. Try hollowing them out to use as a soup bowl for Thanksgiving. Pumpkins and squash are a good source of vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as iron, trace minerals magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese, and plenty of filling fiber. If peeling, coring and dicing hard squash is not for you, most grocery stores stock diced butternut squash ready to go. If youâ€™re looking for a healthy alternative to pasta, try using spaghetti squash instead. It provides twice the potassium and six times the vitamin A, but only half the calories of pasta. Cut the fruit in half lengthwise and clean the seeds out with an ice cream scoop to make the job easier. Place a half squash face-down in a glass baking dish with 1/4 inch of water. Cover with a plate or lid and microwave until the flesh lifts out easily with a fork.
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KATHLEEN WEIR VALE The Woman Who Saved the Symphony BY JASMINA WELLINGHOFF
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athleen Weir Vale has a good reason to be happy these days. As the chairwoman of the San Antonio Symphony’s governing body, she is looking at a promising near future. “For the first time in many years, we have met our budget and are working hard to raise funds for our new season, which will be very exciting,” she explained as we sat in her living room in mid-July, talking about the symphony. “The musicians have a contract for the 2018-19 season, and the board has hired Michael Kaiser to serve as interim executive director. He is known as a turn-around specialist. He does this sort of thing all over the world,” she said with a smile. “I feel very optimistic right now.” The “turn-around” Vale is referring to aims to stabilize the financial situation of the symphony, which has had money problems for decades and went through a major crisis that threatened its very existence earlier this year. In early January, it was announced that the rest of the 2017-18 season would be canceled, the contract negotiations with the musicians stalled, and it was unclear who was in charge. The turmoil was caused by an unusual turn of events. Earlier in 2017, the Symphony Society of San Antonio (SSSA), which had run SAS for 78 years, had agreed to hand the governing reins to a new entity called Symphonic Music for San Antonio (SMSA), which took over concert production in the fall and got SAS out of debt. When SMSA suddenly decided to withdraw in December, citing musicians’ union pension fund liabilities it had not foreseen, the already dissolving SSSA was confronted with an entirely unexpected situation. The then-chairwoman called a meeting during which the decision to cancel the rest of the season was made and bankruptcy was discussed. “That’s why I jumped in,” noted Vale, who was vice-chair of the old SSSA. “We still had a core group of people who understood the essential importance of the symphony to the city.” She rallied the SSSA forces, regrouped the board, and later reinstated most of the remaining season thanks to new donations. The first came from two friends who came to her house to offer $200,000 to restart the operation. “That’s what broke the flood gates,” she said. “Other people saw it and joined in. Thank God for the 900 who
matched the county’s subsequent challenge grant of $350,000.” The relief in her voice is still apparent even months after those events. Eventually, the city released the funds it had set aside when it looked like SAS would be folding. The relieved musicians got a new contract in a two-hour negotiating session. To further show her support for the orchestra, Vale also attended every performance of every concert until the end of the season. “One of my favorite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt, who said, ‘Far and away, the best prize that life has to offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing,’” she said. “And this was work worth doing. It’s important to always remember that the product is superb. Our musicians all hold advanced degrees; they are all musical geniuses. What they do for this city is unique. And I am glad that this board understands that they – the musicians – are the art. They create the art. Who wants to live in a city without music?” Needless to say, orchestra members were grateful. “Kathleen did a great job; I was very impressed,” said violinist Craig Sorgi, who was chair of the musicians’ committee during contract negotiations at the time. “She was the right person at the right time. She played a key role in ending the insanity we were going through. She put herself out there and took a chance. It speaks volumes about her character.”
A Businesswoman and a Music Lover
A San Antonio native with deep Texas roots, young Vale grew up surrounded by accomplished women. Both her grandmothers were college graduates, and one of them earned a master’s degree back in the 1890s, eventually becoming a college professor and a Latin scholar, as well as a musician. Vale’s mother, Laura, was no shrinking violet either. The daughter of a Methodist minister, Laura left her native Tennessee to pursue studies at the University of Mexico in the 1930s, eventually becoming an educator – and loved music, too. “Everybody was musical in the family,” recalled Vale, a joyous note in her voice. “I played the piano, the flute and the guitar, and I am a singer – well, was a singer. I grew up with music, went to the symphony as a child, and went to the opera.”
In college, however, the young woman decided to major in Spanish at the University of the Americas in Mexico City and later joined her father’s medical equipment business, Hope Medical Supply. She obviously had a head for business, as she became CEO at the fairly young age of 35. Her husband, Albert Vale, joined her as chief financial officer. Under her leadership, the company survived major shifts in the industry that required her to stay on top of changing governmental policies and industry trends. The business had to reinvent itself several times, and it currently supplies custom mobility equipment to patients who are paraplegic or quadriplegic. It was also work worth doing. Having grown up in a family of women with two older sisters, Vale said it never occurred to them that they were not supposed to lead. Though she has passed the CEO badge to her only daughter a few months ago, she continues to be a leader – as clearly demonstrated by her action on behalf of the symphony. “Kathleen is such a good leader; she is so fierce, so dedicated to the symphony,” said Kaiser, who was pleasantly surprised by how fast SAS overcame the crisis. “It’s a pleasure to work with her, because I know that the plans we are developing will be implemented.” This “fierce” lady has also lent her drive and energy to other causes, such as politics and a range of San Antonio organizations, including St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School, the San Antonio Opera and the City’s Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #11. Until recently, Vale pursued her musical interests as well, as a singer in the San Antonio Choral Society, the San Antonio Lyric Opera Chorus, her church’s choir and in the group CANTOS. Her current priority is, of course, the symphony. She spoke at length about the importance of music education and exposure to classical music – “It’s brain superfood,” she quipped – and she is excited about all the new and renewed initiatives SAS will be undertaking to reach more people and school children. Also encouraging are the management and marketing practices that Kaiser has introduced. A lot of work remains to be done, however, before her hope for SAS gets fully realized. september/october 2018 | 113
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he signs that decorate Niki Salter’s office offer a glimpse into her mindset. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough” and “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way” are nestled amongst industry awards, photos of her two-year-old son, Ari, and her latest award, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Woman of the Year. Salter raised more than $526,449 for cancer cures, running a record-breaking fundraising campaign during the society’s spirited philanthropic competition to raise the most money for cancer cures in a 10-week timeframe. Salter, branch manager and senior loan officer for Legacy Mutual Mortgage, started her campaign by asking what the record was.
“When you take something on, don’t ever ask what the minimum is and expect to do well. Ask what the record is,” advised Salter. “Set a big goal so you’re closer to hitting that than the minimum. I truly believe that we are capable of anything we can think up. To me, that is the most powerful mindset.”
A three-time 5-Star Mortgage Professional, the San Antonio Business Journal has ranked Salter a “Top Three Loan Originator in San Antonio” since 2014. Salter is also a certified CORE Training, Inc. coach, a national professional mortgage and real estate coaching company. However, that’s not how her career started. Frustrated with college, she took a summer off of school to bartend and pay bills. A customer who was a broker offered her a job, and, seeing an opportunity to earn more money, Salter showed up at his office one day. “In my ridiculously naïve, egocentric mind, I’m thinking, ‘Well, I’m smart, surely I can do this,’” she said with a laugh. After working there for a month, she learned just enough to get through an interview at a mortgage company. “I realized very quickly that I had no idea what I was doing, and I was pretty sure they were going to know that, too.” So, she learned things from the ground up.
“I literally started asking everyone there, ‘What do you do? How do you do it?’ I turned to every resource I had, every underwriter, everyone. ‘What is this? What does this mean?’” she recalled. “God bless them, they answered. They would tell me and walk me through things.” She worked her way through mortgage operations, working almost every single job she said she could do in mortgage before going to the sales side. Clearly, all her hard work paid off, as she now runs a $200 million branch. “It’s been a humbling journey,” she said. “It took 10 years to look like an overnight success.” Salter said she doesn’t have any regrets. “I believe in timing. I have a very deep faith that the results that I have are the results I’m supposed to have.” She does, however, wish she had followed the advice she now gives to others: “Dream bigger earlier. Dream bigger from day
one. If you don’t have people around you that are bigger than you, then find people who are bigger than you.”
Salter said she also believes in telling people what you want. “Share your big, scary dreams with other people,” she said. “They’ll help you get there. If you don’t have your map out and people don’t know that you’re lost and looking for somewhere to go, they can’t help you.”
Dreaming – and having the right mindset – fuels Salter both at work and at home, where she focuses on how she can take what she’s learned, including the mistakes she’s made, and translate that into guidance for her son, which she hopes makes him as equipped as possible for this world.
“They tell us from a young age, ‘If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?’ And it’s true, but you don’t buy into that at four,” explained Salter. “You don’t buy into that at 14. You don’t buy into that at 24. Some people never buy into it. We were built for so much more than we do because of fear.”
However, if you fail, Salter has positive advice: “Even if there’s humiliation, it’s never as bad as you make it out to be. Just remove the fear. Try some stuff. If you head in the wrong direction, the good thing is we can just go the other way,” she noted. “I have largely eliminated limiting beliefs in my career, and I’ve seen it play out in the success and results we’ve had. In this business, to still be standing after 16 years is pretty decent.”
Salter said having the right mindset plays a big part of it. “You fix your mindset, you fix your life,” she said. “I have one life. I’m not coming back as anything cooler than I am right now. I don’t want to just get through it. I want to experience it, I want to enjoy it.”
In spite of the demands of her career, enjoying life, especially with Ari, keeps Salter and her fiancé, Eyal Avnon, focused. Every night is family night, and every weekend is family time. “We hold each other accountable for the nonnegotiable – we get home at the same time, we hang out with our child, we’re both present. We keep each other in check for how much we work, how connected we are to it.”
On weekends, the family spends as much time as possible at their lake house. Other times, they’ll take Ari to explore San Antonio fun spots like The Pearl. To stay focused on what’s important, Salter said she believes in saying no. “Don’t be afraid to say no. You can have it all, but only if you say no to a lot of things,” she said. “Know what your version of the Superbowl is, and go with it. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks about it. It doesn’t matter.”
Along with that, Salter said she doesn’t buy into stereotypes that women can’t be whatever they want to be. “As women, we are capable beyond measure. God gave me the ability to perform and a spirit of nurturing. That is an advantage. I don’t want any woman to miss that. Whatever it is that you are, embrace that,” she advised.
“Throw away your mirrors and your selfies. There’s a whole really great world out here. Come out and enjoy it.”
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DR. GREGORY PARKHURST OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SURGEON FOUNDER & MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF PARKHURST NUVISION CLINIC BY JASMINA WELLINGHOFF
Gregory Parkhurst is a prominent ophthalmological surgeon, and the founder/medical director of Parkhurst NuVision clinic. The clinic shares a building in the Medical Center with the University of the Incarnate Word School of Optometry, where Parkhurst is an adjunct professor. A native of Michigan, Parkhurst received his M.D. from Northwestern University in 2003 and pursued residency training in eye surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After serving in the United States Army for eight years and treating numerous soldiers returning from Iraq, he continued his training through a subspecialty fellowship in refractive eye surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The youthful doctor has received national and international recognition for his innovative work, including being named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Ophthalmologists by the European journal Ophthalmologist. He has often been the first surgeon to perform a new type of surgery or the one who 118 | sawoman.com
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performed the greatest number of procedures based on a new technology. The recipient of multiple professional awards, he currently serves as the president of the international Refractive Surgery Alliance Society, something he is especially proud of. Also gratifying was to see Parkhurst NuVision listed as one of the top places to work for in San Antonio. Married and the father of three children, Parkhurst and his family originally came to Texas when he was stationed at Fort Hood and later decided to settle in San Antonio. Right now, NuVision is planning a substantial expansion that will increase the clinicâ€™s space from the current 7,000 to 26,000 square feet. We help patients to see the world uninhibited by the barriers of poor vision and prosthetic eyewear, which is to say, without glasses or contact lenses. How would you describe what you do?
Vision correction surgery. LASIK is one procedure that most people know about, but we perform eight different procedures. Another common one is laser refractive cataract surgery. Some others are dysfunctional lens replacement, implantable contact lenses, and other correction procedures similar to LASIK, such as PRK and S.M.I.L.E. What services does Parkhurst NuVision offer?
LASIK is mostly used to correct myopia or nearsightedness. Why is myopia so widespread?
It’s a worsening global epidemic. It has to do with genetics and, we believe, environmental factors. Some research indicates that kids spending less time outdoors is a risk factor for developing myopia. There are certain countries, especially in Asia, where 90 percent of the population has myopia. Based on a study published in [the journal] Ophthalmology, myopia is projected to affect almost half of the world’s population by 2050. There are studies looking at other risk factors.
lenses has improved so much that we can correct people’s myopia, astigmatism and reading vision, all with one procedure. How did you decide to become an ophthalmological surgeon?
When I first got glasses (in his hometown in Michigan), I hated my glasses but I liked my doctors. They were involved in the community, sponsored the Little League team for example, and I idolized them. Back then, I thought it would be a great profession to go into. So, in college I volunteered for an ophthalmologist who took me to Mexico on a mission trip. We performed cataract surgery for people who were blind, some of them for years. The day after the surgery, when we took off the eye patch, and we got to see grandmothers look around and lay eyes on their grandchildren for the very first time ever, it was unbelievable. I was hooked. That experience sealed my resolve to do this. Yes. Every January, I go to Mexico with a small team and a doctor from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and we stay for two weeks. The people find out that there is a service like this coming up and they undergo a screening process by the local doctor. This is in a Mayan village in the Yucatan Peninsula. Then they line up in the hope that we can help them. We are able to perform about 15 operations a day. It’s an incredibly gratifying experience, to be able to perform a 20-minute operation on a completely blind person and to have them see again the day after! There are even young men with cataracts over there. Since the man is the breadwinner in that culture, if he is blind, the whole family is impacted. Do you still go on missions?
Not everyone who is nearsighted is a good candidate for LASIK. What else is available for those who do not qualify?
The best time to perform a LASIK procedure to correct distance vision is after ocular maturation occurs; when a child is grown up and vision no longer changes. However, LASIK cannot work for those who have very high myopia needing corrections greater than -9 diopters, or for those who have a thin cornea. For them, we have implantable contact lenses. “We can replace the natural eye lens with a new lens. With younger people, however, we insert an implantable lens but we do not remove anything. For older people, the dysfunctional lens is replaced (to eliminate presbyopia or cataracts). Almost everyone can be helped today. It’s very rare to encounter someone who doesn’t qualify for anything, including people over 40 who experience reading difficulties. I was a third grader when I got my first pair of glasses and I hated them. In junior high I went to contact lenses, but they were drying my eyes and I knew I was exposing myself to the possibility of infection. I finally had corrective surgery in 2003, the same year I performed my first surgery as an intern. It was the perfect solution for me. Recovery is quick. Most people can drive the day after. Tell us about your own experience?
Let’s talk about cataracts, which affect just about everyone after a certain age. Are there people who don’t qualify?
Only those who have another eye condition that may cause blindness, such as macular degeneration or severe diabetic eye disease. Cataract surgery would not help them. Generally speaking, however, people are having cataract surgery earlier in life these days because technology has advanced so much that risks have gone way down. In the 1980s and before, the surgery did not involve implanting a new lens so people had to wear Coke-bottle glasses following cataract removal. It’s completely different now. Not only do we replace the lens, the quality of
NuVison has participated in clinical trials. Do you have one going on now?
We are enrolling for one right now. What we are looking at is a procedure called iDose, a surgical procedure for glaucoma. There is already an FDA-approved device called iStent. iDose is the next version. Traditionally, the treatment required the patient to remember to put eye drops in the eyes several times a day, but many elderly patients have trouble with it. They miss, they can’t squeeze the bottle, etc... iDose may solve the problem. Think of it as a microscopic canister with a bio film that’s implanted and slowly releases glaucoma medication into the eye continuously. Is your wife, Heather, involved with your practice in any way?
Yes, she is. As we expand into our new space, we are adding services to include a laser med spa. My wife will be running the med spa, which will perform non-surgical procedures like Ultherapy, for instance. It uses ultrasound to tighten skin. She is an experienced medical professional who worked in an operating room as an anesthetist for 12 years. In addition, a new oculoplastic surgeon will be joining us to perform eyelid surgery and other interventions around the eyes.
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Calendar Every Sunday ALAMO HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET
9 am – 1 pm Free and open to the public. Alamo Heights Farmers Market features over 25 vendors with farm fresh selections including fresh produce, grass fed/grass finished beef, lamb, goat and wild hog meats, chicken, eggs, kombucha, pecans, honey, gourmet coffee, lemonade and many more exciting products. 225 E Basse Rd
First Thursday THE PEARL’S FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET
4 – 8 pm 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. The Historic Pearl
Explore exhibits showing traditional photographs, digital images and photographybased works at art centers and exhibition spaces throughout San Antonio. fotoseptiembreusa.com
San Antonio Museum of Art
September 21 – 22 JAZZ’SALIVE 2018
September 5 – 9 WORLD HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The World Heritage Festival is an annual
September 7 ART VINYL: SPIN IT YOUR WAY!
7 – 10 pm One night only, experience vinyl in a whole new way. The McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum has teamed up with established and emerging artists for an evening of one-of-a-kind works with a spin. Around 100 regional and national artists will display unique works of art on vinyl – painted, sculpted, collaged and more. McNay Art Museum
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS La Villita
Experience the unforgettable spectacle of San Antonio's annual Día de los Muertos celebrations. Also known as "the Day of the Dead," this is a tradition in which families remember the departed and share memories of loved ones, with a variety of activities including lively processions, traditional dress and altar building, as well as the chance to make amazing memories. 120 | sawoman.com
7 pm Join St. Paul and The Broken Bones, a sixpiece soul band based in Birmingham, Alabama, for an evening of retro soul music! The Aztec Theatre
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September 13 ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
Celebrate 35 years of jazz in the historic and newly renovated Travis Park. Featuring award-winning national, regional and local talent with diverse styles of jazz. Guests will enjoy live music, festival food, local craft vendors and more. Travis Park
Every Saturday MEDITATION IN THE JAPANESE GALLERY
September 1 – 30 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA
10:15 – 11 am Serene, guided meditation in the Japanese art gallery. Cushions and stools provided. Free with admission.
collaborative event to celebrate and promote the San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Festival is a five-day celebration spread throughout the five San Antonio Missions and surrounding area.
Arts & Entertainment
September 22 BREWS AND BLOOMS San Antonio Botanical Garden
7 – 10 pm Brews and Blooms offers a fun and casual evening for adults 21 and up. Craft brew sampling, food trucks, live music, DJ Music by Two Ten
Entertainment, and adult activities, all set in the gorgeous, flowering Botanical Garden. Brews and Blooms isn’t your typical beer garden! sabot.org
September 22 BUD LIGHT RIVER CITY ROCKFEST
12 pm The Bud Light River City Rockfest returns in 2018 as the largest festival of its kind in South Texas. AT&T Center
September 22 – October 28 ZOO BOO!
9 am – 6 pm The zoo will be decked out with Halloween fun, complete with trickor-treat stations, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, dance parties, and games. Families can even enjoy a ride on the San Antonio Zoo
October 11 | 6-11pm
LA BUENA VIDA - A NIGHT IN OLD HAVANA Witte Museum – Mays Family Center
Zoo Boo Express. Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their costume for a chance to be in a costume contest. sazoo.org
September 26 – October 14 WICKED
Declared “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly and “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED, the recipient of over 100 international awards including a Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, returns to San Antonio!
Tobin Center H-E-B Performance Hall
7:30 pm Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style and fury of punk rock. His lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere.
Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza
September 25 BILLY IDOL
October 20 YOGA ON THE PLAZA
October 5–6, 12–13 OKTOBERFEST SAN ANTONIO
Head over to the Beethoven Maennerchor to celebrate the ultimate German festival with music, food and dancing, plus German specialties like bratwurst, reubens and beer. Beethoven Maennerchor
October 20 SAN ANTONIO BEER FESTIVAL
9 am This 60-minute hatha flow class is designed to accommodate all levels of practice and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for the rest of your day. tobincenter.org
Lockwood & Dignowity Parks
1:30 – 6:30 pm This festival is jam packed with unique casks, one of a kind collaborations, and your favorite porters, stouts, pilsners, ales, wheats, Belgians, ciders and lagers… to name a few. Beyond beer, the San Antonio Beer Festival features music, games, wines, ciders, food trucks, food booths, local vendors and more. localculturetickets.com
October 26 – 28 ALAMO CITY COMIC CON: HALLOWEEN EDITION
Fans of comics, gaming and cosplay take over the Alamodome to meet their favorite celebs, artist and writers. Alamodome
October 31 BEYOND LIMITS PROGRAM
3 – 6 pm Take a break from the chaos of everyday life and enjoy an afternoon of quality time with new opportunities and accommodations specialized to support your family's needs. The Doseum
October 26 BUD LIGHT HAUNTED RIVER
6 - 10:30 pm Music, costume contest and adult beverages combine for a ghoulishly good time. Eerie sounds and sights haunt the River Walk while families trick or treat. San Antonio River Walk
HEADS-UP November 3
DIWALI 5 - 11 pm Indian Festival of Lights This annual event will feature food, performances, a river parade, Diya candles and a fireworks display. Arneson River Theatre
September 27 LANDA NIGHTS PRESENTED BY THE LANDA GARDENS CONSERVANCY
Landa Nights is an elegant and lively garden party featuring delicious cuisine, a wonderful raffle/silent auction, valet parking and dancing to live music under the stars! Landa Library Gardens
October 19 6TH ANNUAL A TASTE OF SUCCESS CASINO NIGHT Mays Family Center at The Witte Museum
Enjoy tasty bites from over 30 of SA's craft, boutique restaurants and bars in support of the women and men served by Dress for Success San Antonio and Career Gear San Antonio.
October 19 – 21 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
7:30 pm & 2 pm Venture into a world of magic and enchantment with Beauty and the Beast – a tale of unlikely friendships, lively adventures and the power true love. Lose yourself in the joy of this beloved fairy tale all over again! Tobin Center H-E-B Performance Hall
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Clementine Hits the Sweet Spot BY IRIS GONZALEZ
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANET ROGERS
Hard work has paid off for husband and wife chef duo John and Elise Russ, co-owners of the neighborhood restaurant Clementine. For a restaurant that has only been open since January, this San Antonio dining destination had already landed on multiple diners’ choice lists on Open Table by July. Diners have recognized Clementine’s classic American cuisine updated with southern flavors as one of the places to eat in San Antonio, with a list of awards and recognitions already under its belt. The couple chose their restaurant’s name after seeing a clementine tree growing out of a crack in the parking lot of a potential restaurant space. Their 50-seat restaurant has quickly taken root in Castle Hills after they transformed what was once an IHOP Express into a welcoming space. The large botanical clementine drawing accents the bright interior of white-washed 122 | sawoman.com
wood and calming shades of blues and grays. In addition to smaller tables, Clementine has a community table as well as banquette seating, both of which provide views of the open kitchen. The restaurant hits that perfect balance between casual and elegant dining, with food and impeccable service to match. John and Elise first met in St. Michaels, Maryland, while working at The Inn at Perry Cabin. Elise’s father served as general manager, while John was the executive sous chef and Elise was pastry chef. The Russes have spent a year fine-tuning their restaurant concept, featuring Southern flavors and a fresh take on using vegetable ingredients. Their training and experience shows in everything from the house made pasta and sauces to freshly prepared ice cream and beautifully composed desserts. “We take the classics and reinterpret them,” Elise said. “I like classic combinations that are updated with local ingredients.” As seasons change, the chefs are creative in substituting ingredients or creating new dishes that showcase local produce at their peak, relying on John’s sense of flavors and Elise’s experience as a vegetarian. Clementine offers some of the most skilled vegetable preparations to be found in San Antonio. A personal favorite is Clementine’s perfectly prepared grilled artichoke draped in garlicky butter, a great excuse to eat with your hands in public. “We watch closely what farmers offer and present what is best during the season,” John said. “It has to be food we want to eat ourselves.”
Clementine’s rotating menu encourages diners to eat family style and share dishes. Small plates include southern hush puppies made with a Mediterranean twist, served with labneh, pickled green tomato, honey and sumac. The simple, yet addictive white mushroom salad is a mound of thinly sliced mushrooms seasoned with citrus and pomegranate seeds. House made pasta such as the ricotta cavatelli with broccoli pesto, pink peppercorns and chopped pecans are served as larger portions. Entrée choices include grilled branzino served with thinly sliced squash, country fried Bandera quail, and a sweet onion tart with squash blossoms. For guests who appreciate skillfully prepared desserts, they will benefit from pastry chef and co-owner Elise’s training and expertise in European pastry and chocolate arts. The chocolate Clementine crunch bar is a light chocolate caramel mousse on a hazelnut feuilletine crunch base enrobed in more chocolate and accompanied by clementine sherbet made in-house. Summer Fredericksburg peach crumble is well matched by Elise’s amaretto ice cream and almond streusel. Clementine offers a “Feed Me” option, in which guests leave the decision making up to Chef Russ to create a custom, seasonally-influenced menu at the cost of $48 per guest (based on entire table participation). Each dish is a right-sized portion that leaves diners satisfied, not overwhelmed. To quench guests’ thirst, Clementine serves a small selection of wines and beers chosen to pair with the food. Most offerings are little known “hidden gems” selected by Clementine’s knowledgeable staff. “We built the menu and paired it with wines that are not widely offered but are available locally,” John said. “We offer wines that go well with food but are not well-known, like Aligoté.” The chefs aim to integrate every element of the diner’s experience, from wines to menu choices to desserts. For those inspired by the wine served with dinner, the restaurant also has a retail liquor license and will sell wines directly to diners. “I know when I want wine sometimes the [liquor] store is closed, so it’s convenient to be able to enjoy a meal here with us and go home with a bottle or more of your favorite wines,” Elise said. Clementine is blooming as a centrally located dining choice for lunch or dinner with ample free parking. As the menu changes with the seasons, there will always be a reason to return for new dining experiences.
“We want people to feel comfortable, that every part of their experience, from wine choices to dessert, has been addressed,” John said. “Paying attention to your guests is the most important thing, because consistency is your job security.”
From the top: White mushroom salad seasoned with citrus and pomegranate seeds; Grilled branzino with thinly sliced squash; Gnocchi with fresh grated parmasean, topped with pecans; Fredericksburg peach crumble served with Amaretto ice cream.
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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 our San Antonio Woman Instagram. Bon appetit!
Coffee, Tea, Treats
Breakfast & Brunch
Shop spun-off from a well known food truck serving unusual donuts and coffee in a hip, friendly space. $ THE ART OF DONUT
ROSELLA AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Enjoy a light lunch at Rosella Coffee House inside the beautiful and scenic San Antonio Botanical Garden. $$
3428 N St Mary’s St
555 Funston Pl
Indulgent, made-from-scratch, baked goods and handcrafted espresso drinks. $ CUPPENCAKE
22211 IH 10 W Access Rd #1111
Stylish chain serving a lengthy, egg-focused breakfast menu, plus lunch and dinner fare. $$ EGGSPECTATIONS
Thai-style rolled ice cream with an array of delicious flavor choices and toppings! $ TASTY NATION
Simple, enduring delicatessen boasting a large menu of classic sandwiches served on house made rolls. $ ZITO’S DELI
8800 Broadway St #108
402 N Loop 1604 W
6330 De Zevala Rd Suit 103
Casual eatery with standard Italian cuisine, including pizza (whole pies & slices), pasta and salad. $$ JULIAN’S
13444 West Ave, 6462 N New Braunfels Ave
A swanky, stylish spot offering an excellent brunch menu, as well as lunch and dinner in the fabulous St. Anthony Hotel. $$ REBELLE
Serving inventive takes on classic Southern fare with a casual back porch atmosphere. HOPPIN JOHN’
300 E Travis St
Come hungry and leave satisfied. Pancake Joe's is a must-try restaurant in San Antonio. $
100 N Santa Rosa St #140
Theory Coffee Company is a mobile specialty coffee trailer serving locally roasted coffee out of Round Rock. Track where they will be on Instagram & Facebook! $ THEORY COFFEE
Home Base: 2347 Nacogdoches Rd
6703 Ingram Rd, 1011 Donaldson Ave
Build-your-own poké bowl or sushi burrito with always-fresh ingredients! $
A favorite here at the San Antonio Woman office, Chela’s offers amazing breakfast tacos. Try the Chicken Cilantro! $
New American Cuisine in a fun, urban setting. At the heart of the menu is, of course, bread. $$
5231 Broadway St #117
7315 San Pedro Ave
THE BREAD BOX
555 W Bitters Rd #115
Favorite Thai restaurants & dishes
BANGKOK 54 — The Pad Thai is to-die-for.
SAEB THAI — The Duck Panang is my favorite.
THAI DEE — Spicy green beans, tom kha, and yellow curry.
THAI TOPAZ (CASTLE HILLS) — Everyone should try the Pad Woon Sen. LEMONGRASS — I love the Massaman Curry with seafood.
THAI ESAN & NOODLE HOUSE — The Tiger Cry plate and mango coconut
sweet rice are delicious.
A little something for everyone: Lebanese, Italian, North American, deli sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade desserts. $$ THE MATINEE CAFÉ
555 E Basse Rd, 1777 NE Loop 410
Storied spot serving Mexican fare, signature soups and EL MIRADOR
margaritas in a cozy setting with a lush patio. $$
American plates in bright surroundings. $$$
Upscale destination offering classic fare and fine wines in a former farmhouse with a lounge and patio. $$$
722 S St Mary’s St
136 E Grayson St
8539 Fredericksburg Rd
Fixed-price menus of locally sourced, upscale American fare, prepared without motorized machines. $$$ 152 E Pecan St #100
Upbeat bar with a huge selection of beers on tap, plus elevated pub food and outdoor seating. $$ THE HOPPY MONK
1010 N Loop 1604 W
Intimate destination featuring Mediterranean fare, steaks, wine and outdoor dining in comfy digs. $$$ BELLA ON THE RIVER
106 River Walk St
Sleek bar emphasizing classic cocktails served to a buzzy crowd in a modern-industrial setting. $$ BLUE BOX BAR
312 Pearl Pkwy #2107
Artful bar with vintage furnishings and chandeliers serve as a backdrop for twists on classic cocktails. $$ THE BROOKLYNITE
516 Brooklyn Ave
Mainstay serving American eats, beer and margaritas in a comfy space with pool tables and kitschy decor. $$ BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
3506 N St Mary’s St
Cool option for classic Spanish cuisine like tapas and paella paired with wine, cocktails and beer. $$ TORO KITCHEN + BAR
115 N Loop 1604 W #1105
Stylish eatery featuring FrenchChilean small plates served in colorful, artsy surroundings. BITE
A cozy spot with outdoor tables serving classic mussels and fries, simple French fare, wine and beer. $$$ LA FRITE BELGIAN BISTRO
1012 S Presa St
728 S Alamo St
WILD GOJI RESTAURANT & BAR
A modern, spacious dining room offering Asian street food plus sushi, ramen and more. $$ 7115 Blanco Rd #110
Small, funky cafe offering a healthy menu with organic, gluten-free and vegan options, plus takeout. $$ SWEET YAMS
218 N Cherry St
Contemporary, all-day option offering elevated farm-to-table SUPPER @ HOTEL EMMA
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Intimate nook offering Chinese street-food favorites like bao and noodle dishes in a chill setting. $$ MING’S NOODLE BAR
5253 McCullough Ave
JAMAICA JAMAICA CUISINE LLC
Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine offers a fun, island-inspired dining environment with the best Caribbean cuisine in San Antonio. $$ 2026 Austin Hwy
Hill Country Favorites
MA HARPER’S CREOLE KITCHEN
If you are looking for good ‘ole creole cooking, Ma Harper’s is the place to be. Alice Harper’s gumbo can’t be beat! $ 1816 N New Braunfels Ave
Small kitchen chicken shack with food offerings for everyone and a craft beer program that focuses on specialty tap, canned and bottled beers. $ CULLUM’S ATTAGIRL
726 E Mistletoe Ave
Quirky, kid-friendly venue with organic American fare, live music, a laundromat and car wash. $ THE COVE
606 W Cypress St
Private Dining WEDDINGS, BIRTHDAYS, HOLIDAY PARTIES, BUSINESS MEETINGS, ETC.
40-90 people 210-494-0561
ALDACO’S STONE OAK
BOILER HOUSE TEXAS GRILL & WINE GARDEN
Up to 270 people 210-354-4644
Family-run stalwart pairing American and Tex-Mex grub with margaritas, wine and beer in welcoming digs. $ PETE’S TAKO HOUSE
502 Brooklyn Ave
Call for large groups 210-816-0088 BATTALION
20-800 people 210-224-8484 BOUDRO’S
Storied, counter-serve coffee/gift shop with gourmet sandwiches and baked goods, plus outdoor seating. $$ HIGH’S CAFE & STORE
F AF ST
2-400 people 210-225-0722
BIGA ON THE BANKS
726 High St, Comfort
Retro, outdoor-only burger and sandwich joint with a 1950’s theme, bar service and hotrod theme nights. $ SODA POP PATIO GRILL
103 N Main St, Boerne
Cheerful, casual kitchen offering gourmet takes on homestyle American breakfast and lunch dishes. $ BUTTERMILK CAFÉ
1324 Common St, New Braunfels
A German-American eatery with a Texas vibe, outdoor seating, live music and a large beer selection. $$
YUMMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Relaxed spot with a sushi bar offering specialty rolls, traditional Japanese dishes, beer and wine. $$ 300 W Bitters Rd #185, 24165 I-10
Only in SA Live-music venue & restaurant offering refined Texan cuisine, craft cocktails and draft beer. JAZZ TEXAS
Building 6, 312 Pearl Pkwy #6001
323 E Main St, Fredericksburg
Best Kept Secrets
Open for 36 years, Ernesto’s Restaurant serves up unique Mexican food you won’t find anywhere else in San Antonio. With options that feature both seafood and French flair, this family-run restaurant will not disappoint. PS. Don’t skip the dessert! $ ERNESTO’S RESTAURANT
2775 Jackson Keller
THE MAVERICK Inventive appetizers, fire-kissed steaks and French fare, as well as homemade desserts, a curated wine list, Texas beer on tap and craft cocktails.. $$ 710 S. Saint Mary’s St
A contemporary, welcoming, energetic, Italian family-style neighborhood restaurant. $$$
TYCOON FLATS Kid-friendly burger joint and beer garden with Tex-Mex grub, a full bar, craft brews and live music. $$
15179 Judson Rd #107 5221 McCullough Ave
2926 N St Mary’s St
Charming, cozy BYOB serving market-fresh, healthconscious lunches with vegan and paleo options. $$ PHARM TABLE
106 Auditorium Cir
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MI TIERRA CAFE & BAKERY
Up to 200 people 210-239-9215 mitierracafe.com
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE, RIVERWALK
Up to 100 people 210-227-8847 ruthschris.com
SILO ELEVATED CUISINE AND BAR
Up to 100 people 210-483-8989
SOUTHERLEIGH FINE FOOD & BREWERY
Call for large groups 210-455-5701 southerleigh.com
5251 McCullough Ave
Up to 16 people 210-733-0621
LA FONDA ON MAIN
Innovative modern restaurant presenting changing regional Mexican tasting menus with drink pairings. $$$
THE FRIENDLY SPOT ICEHOUSE Kid-friendly ice house with 250-plus brews, Mexican and American fare and brunch in a relaxed setting. $$ 943 S Alamo St
Up to 130 people 210-824-0116
THE BARN DOOR
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Mr. & Mrs. Kyle Ford (Allison Baer) June 3, 2018
Kaylee T. Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Jarrett Bedynek (Kelsey Young) July 7, 2018
Jessica Chole Photography
Caroline Jurgenson Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Shea (Sarah Shelton) June 16, 2018
Photography by Christian Margain
Mr. & Mrs. Omar Lerma (Monica Rivera) February 3, 2018
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1855 Shopping in San Antonio meant a quick buggy ride downtown to Wolf & Marx Department Store on South Alamo Street near Commerce.
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