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Nonprofit CEOs: Doing what they love and loving what they do
Dollars & Sense
26 PROFILE Dr. Jui-Lien “Lillian” Chou: Compassion coupled with cutting-edge technology
30 SA AT HOME Hill country holiday home reflects German heritage of stone and millwork
53 TEXAS HILL COUNTRY GUIDE The beauty of Boerne for the Holidays
60 HILL COUNTRY WOMEN Women find their niche in Boerne
64 DINING Pearl: Restaurant gems abound
90 WOMEN’S WELLNESS
Women in Business
Top 10 Destressors
39 HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE
108 Weddings 51
Women on the Move
What to expect when you’re expecting
98 GUYS TO KNOW Dr. Luis Galvan, DDS: Something to smile about
100 ROLE MODEL Lindsey Roznovsky: A multifaceted talent
Photography Josh Huskin
Artist Sidney Sinclair: Paintings that give peace Dr. Jui-Lien “Lillian” Chou Cancer Survivor CEO, Aurora Cancer Clinic
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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013
Liz Garza Williams
As we approach the end of the year, we are reminded once more to count our blessings and think of others, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. In this issue of SAN ANTONIO WOMAN we pay tribute to women whose lives are dedicated to thinking of others — Gloria Kelly, CEO of Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives; Angie Mock, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio; and Major Tracey Czajkowski, associate area commander of the Salvation Army. All three are committed to creating a positive impact in situations where many others have thrown in the towel. All three have elevated their occupation to their way of life. Our Profile subject, Dr. Jui-Lien “Lillian” Chou, also spends her days caring for others. A cancer survivor, she has brought the latest in cancer-detecting technology to San Antonio as an investment in the health of the community. She is the medical director of the Aurora Breast Care Center. Join us on a tour of a holiday house in the Hill Country at Boot Ranch. The owners invite their family and friends to join them on these happy occasions in a house designed and furnished to make everyone comfortable. You can also take a virtual tour of the burgeoning restaurant scene at The Pearl, where food culture is taking hold. The Culinary Institute of America anchors the space, and nearly every month brings a new place to eat or drink. In this issue you’ll meet Role Model Lindsey Roznovsky, who left Nashville, where she was a Country Music Television reporter and producer, for San Antonio. Here she’s making a name for herself as a public relations manager for Roger Christian & Co. and an entertainment consultant for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. Women in Business introduces Anita Kegley-Deaton, Julissa Carielo, Maryanne Guido and Lisa Nichols, who’ve overcome the odds to succeed in the male-dominated field of construction. Guys to Know focuses on Dr. Luis Galvan, who came from a family of dentists in Mexico to practice the profession here, now at New You Smile Center. As you plan holiday dinners, consider serving rosé wine with the festive food. Wine suggests several vintages. Our Gift Guide includes tips for smart shopping and relaxing. Travel with us to the nearby town of Boerne, which celebrates Christmas in its own distinctive way. You’ll meet three successful businesswomen — Julia Grossman, Deb Colton and Beth Coyle — and artist Sidney Sinclair. Mommy Matters reviews the infamous Miley Cyrus appearance and offers advice on how parents can deal with behavior that crosses the line. Other articles cover CoolSculpting (a new fat reduction technique), pregnancy, how to choose an assisted living facility and financial basics for your business. It’s hard to believe SAN ANTONIO WOMAN is celebrating its eleventh anniversary with this issue. Many thanks to you, our readers and advertisers, who have made this success possible. As we count our blessings, we wish you a happy and blessed holiday season.
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Doing What They LOVE LOVING Ministering to gang members. Taking in children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused. Leveling the playing field for children born into extreme poverty. These are just a few of the responsibilities and challenges faced by nonprofit CEOs Angie Mock and Gloria Kelly and Major Tracey Czajkowski, Salvation Army associate area commander. These three women spend their days fighting to create a positive impact in situations where many others have thrown in the towel. Why do they do it? Because they all share a passion that takes their roles in their respective organizations from simply “occupation” to “way of life.”
Angie Mock, CEO Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio
in San Antonio do not. I want to put those kids on a level playing field.”
Sometimes it takes a wake-up call to find your true voca-
The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio have seven core
tion. Business owner Angie Mock received that call when her
branches and are in 43 schools. The organization currently
now 11-year-old twins were born extremely prematurely.
boasts more than 8,000 members (children ages 6 to 18).
“After going through something so traumatic, I knew I would
That’s up from 5,400 members in 2011. During the school
end up doing something to help others,” says Mock. “I felt it
year approximately 4,000 of those members can be found
was a calling.” Mock, who was born and raised in Tennessee, moved to
attending a Boys and Girls Clubs facility. “Even with that growth, we are still just scratching the surface,” says Mock.
Texas with her husband and babies when the twins were
Since taking over as CEO, Mock is doing her part to dig
just 18 months old. After serving on local boards and vol-
deeper. One change she has implemented is to follow the na-
unteering with various nonprofit organizations, she was
tional organization’s Formula For Impact at the local level. The
working as a local business consultant before being offered
formula is focused on three things that address the entire
the role of CEO with Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio
child: academic success, character and good citizenship and
almost three years ago. It was just the opportunity she had
a healthy lifestyle. “Basically, we have gone from being out-
been waiting for, and she jumped into the role with a con-
come intended to outcome driven,” she explains. “We are now
clearly measuring how we are doing in those three areas.”
“Kids can’t help the circumstances that they are born
Mock is also focusing more on the daily attendance num-
into,” she explains. “Some hit the lottery, but far too many
bers. Studies have shown that children who attend the pro-
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“To go out of this world saying that I helped kids who wouldn’t have had the same opportunities otherwise, and to be a great mother and wife is really all I need. That’s a powerful thing.”
gram three or more days a week have more successful outcomes than those who attend fewer than three days. In fact, 99 percent of Boys and Girls Clubs members were promoted to the next grade level on time or graduated on time. As impressive as that figure is, Mock wants more. She says that the biggest challenge she faces is how to continually raise the bar higher and set higher expectations on the desired outcomes and how to deliver them. She has taken steps such as installing vending machines with healthy snack options and adding new programs, including a partnership with the San Antonio Ballet, which was inspired by her own daughter’s love of dance. In what she deems a “Steve Jobs mentality,” Mock has made a concerted effort to surround herself with what she calls an “amazing” staff. “The best advice I ever received was to surround myself with the smartest and most passionate people you can find,” she says. “That’s what I’ve been doing for the past two years.” Her own passion for her work has created another challenge for Mock: balancing her home and work life. She manages this by trying to make sure she rotates both roles equally, and the twins often come to work with mom in the summer to play or attend field trips. It’s all part of her desire to make the world a better place for all children, including her own. “To go out of this world saying that I helped kids who wouldn’t have had the same opportunities otherwise, and to be a great mother and wife is really all I need,” she says. “That’s a powerful thing.”
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“Every child here has a story, and it is our job to find it and help them to start healing.”
Gloria Kelly, CEO, Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives (RMYA) Imagine a 16-year-old hydrocephalic boy being locked in a basement and denied his medication for days on end. Picture a little girl whose father forced her to kneel on uncooked grains of rice for hours as a form of punishment. These are just a couple of the horror stories that Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives CEO Gloria Kelly hears on a daily basis. “Every child here has a story, and it is our job to find it and help them to start healing,” says the San Antonio native. Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives has been helping children like these start the healing process since 1976, and Kelly has been a part of that process for the past 31 years. She began as the business manager before being named executive director in 1994 following the death of founder Roy Maas. She now serves as the organization’s CEO and has been recognized for her impact on the community with several honors and awards, including the prestigious Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. Kelly says that she doesn’t do it for the recognition, however; she does it for the children in the spirit of founder Roy Maas. “I am blessed to have a job where every day I can make a difference in the life of a child,” she says. Over the course of her 31-year career, Kelly has watched RMYA grow into a multifunctional entity capable of helping children with a variety of needs. In San Antonio, facilities include counseling and administrative offices, a thrift shop, Turning Point housing for children who have aged out of the Foster Care program and, of course, the 24-hour emergency shelter known simply as The Bridge. “The Bridge was the first program established,” explains Kelly. “When the children come in here, they know they are somewhere safe, and they want to stay.” Children are typically housed at The Bridge for a two-week period, but in those two weeks, amazing things can happen.
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“We have kids who come by here all the time and tell us that they were brought to The Bridge 10, 15 or even 20 years ago and that they just wanted to say
Major Tracey Czajkowski, Associate Area Commander, the Salvation Army
‘thank you,’” says Kelly. In fact, two former residents of Major Tracey Czajkowski is a self-described “people person” who “loves helpThe Bridge volunteer their time to take care of the oring others.” One can only assume that’s what drove this petite blond to march ganization that took care of them. One 46-year-old into the apartment of a local gang member to fetch a teen who was supposed to male volunteers in the thrift shop, while another has be attending Bible study. “I never dreamed I’d be ministering to kids in gangs,” cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for The Bridge residents says Czajkowski. “But I started hosting a Bible study in my own home for them.” for the past 10 years. “Those two weeks really make an Not many women would take on that challenge, but then after speaking with impact on them,” says Kelly. Czajkowski for a few minutes, you realize she isn’t like many women. This dynamic In 1986, the Meadowland Campus in Boerne was major joined her husband in working with the Salvation Army in 1996 when she established with long-term residential care facilities for said she felt that God was calling her to the ministry. After becoming ordained both boys and girls. Six years ago, a charter school was and commissioned, she worked at the El Paso office before receiving her appointadded on campus, and it now serves grades one ment to San Antonio in 2012. through 12. The Salvation Army is located in 127 countries around the world and, alWhile the evolution of RMYA has been positive, as though not part of the military, it does follow a military structure. It comprises with any business, expansion comes with a price. Kelly many different ministries and programs, as well as hospitals, churches and shelsays one of the biggest challenges in her role is making ters. Czajkowski points out that the Emergency Shelter is one of the few emersure that there is enough money to meet growing gency facilities that keeps the entire family unit together. “Being in need of an needs. “The state pays only about 75 percent of what emergency shelter is stressful enough already without splitting a family up,” it takes to care for one child,” she explains, adding that she explains. one of her goals is to be able to increase the pay for Here in San Antonio, the emergency shelter averages 100 people per night. the people who work day in and day out with the chilThe average age of those people? Seven to 12 years old. The families live at the dren. “Theirs is a labor of love,” she says. “Our staff can shelter and establish a routine while trying to get back on their feet. Helping these get hit, spit on, cursed at, and yet they still show up families in that endeavor is a major component of the Salvation Army’s mission. the next day. They are my heroes.” Members work to help these people find employment and move into individual When she isn’t devoting her days to making the apartments through the Village Program, and then to an actual house through a world a better place for the children of RMYA, Kelly is program called Scattered Sites. The goal is to make these families functioning devoted to her family. Her husband (and high school and productive members of society who can take care of themselves. sweetheart), Bart, is a counselor at RMYA, and they “We don’t want to do a hand-out program, we want to give a hand-up,” says have a daughter, Whitney, and a new granddaughter, Czajkowski. Penny. Family dinners are a part of life, and when she Other programs include adult rehabilitation centers, men’s shelters, senior isn’t in the kitchen, you can find Kelly curled up with a programs, a women’s auxiliary and the familiar Red Kettle and Angel Tree progood book, preferably one with a happy ending. grams that take place during the holidays. The program of which Czajkowski is “If I want to read something sad, I can just look at most fond, however, is the Shoe-In. This program provides brand-new shoes to our case files,” says this dedicated CEO. “Personally, I children in the community, including those served by the Salvation Army. Last believe in happy endings.” year, approximately 3,035 children benefited from the Shoe-In. “The Shoe-In is my favorite program,” says Czajkowski enthusiastically. “It reminds me of being a kid on Christmas morning.” While there is not an area that Czajkowski has not worked in or will not serve, the one that she says touches her heart the most is Disaster Duty. She helped reunite parents with their daughter and new grandbaby in Baton Rouge during Hurricane Katrina, and following the shooting at Ft. Hood, Czajkowski went to the site to minister to those affected. “It felt good to be able to offer help to these people who were hurting,” she says. Czajkowski, who will receive a degree in Christian counseling in May of 2014, says she loves people and being able to help them in their times of need. “I enjoy the counseling part and helping people through their issues in life,” she says. “We all have them.” In her own life, Czajkowski is not only a wife but also a mother and a grandmother who is learning to play golf in her down time. Her work is her passion, however, and even challenges such as meeting the financial obligations necessary to run all of the organization’s many programs cannot deter her from her path. “This job is me; it’s in my blood,” she says with conviction. “It’s part of what I do and who I am.”
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“This job is me; it’s in my blood. It’s part of what I do and who I am.”
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By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF, Senior Writer
Photography by JOSH HUSKIN
Cancer Survivor Brings Cutting-Edge Technology
hen Marisela Villareal, 46, discovered a lump in her breast in 2010, she lost no time getting to a doctor. Several members of her family had died of cancer,
including her mother and two brothers. She was relieved to hear that
her lump was benign, but a year later it was still there and causing
pain. After a mammogram, the radiologist told her he had seen
“something” and wanted her to have a sonogram as well. But her regular doctor didn’t seem to be concerned. He said cancer didn’t hurt. “The same thing happened this year,” she notes. “If there’s something I fear in this world, it’s cancer, so I took it upon myself to go to the Internet to find specialized treatment. I typed in ‘breast cancer clinic,’ and one entry was the Aurora Breast Center in San An-
It’s the only such instrument in San Antonio. Not only is the imaging
tonio. I clicked on that and started reading, and I told myself ‘I need
resolution much higher than in mammography, but the MRI provides
to get there.’”
3-D images of the breasts, the chest wall and the lymph nodes for a
And she did. In fact, that’s where I have the opportunity to meet
complete picture of surrounding tissues. “It saves lives,” she notes.
her on a late October afternoon just after she has been examined by
“This MRI represents what I want to do for the community. It’s an in-
the clinic’s founder and medical director Dr. Jui-Lien “Lillian” Chou.
vestment in the health of the community.”
Though the doctor did not feel the lump during the physical exami-
Despite successes in breast cancer prevention and treatment, there
nation, she will not render a diagnosis until Villareal undergoes an MRI
are still more than 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the
scan. Still, she is reassuring. “You can tell your children that if there’s
United States and some 40,000 deaths. Since mammography became
a problem, it will be a small one,” says the petite, friendly physician.
widely available, the death rate has been reduced by about 20 percent,
Before leaving the clinic, Villareal says she already feels like she’s
says Dr. Chou, but “we want it to be at least 80 percent.” That’s where
come to the right place.
the dedicated MRI could be helpful. It can detect much smaller abnor-
Another frightened patient gets even better news. This woman
malities than what is typically picked up by a mammogram, and it’s
traveled from Mexico City to be checked after she had found a lump
especially indicated for women with dense breast tissue. Other women
under her left arm. The doctor invites all of us — the patient, her friend
who could benefit from it are patients whose physical examination and
and me, the journalist — into a darkened room to view the patient’s
mammogram do not point in the same direction and individuals with
MRI. “See, it’s beautiful, no cancer,” she announces, looking at the
a number of risk factors, especially if they are over 50 and have a per-
image on the screen where no white spots can be seen. “So, what’s
sonal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer.
the lump under her arm?” I ask. “Fat,” is the doctor’s short answer. We all smile.
“Breast density awareness is important,” states the doctor. “Your physician gets the radiology report but rarely sees the actual mam-
The MRI in question is no ordinary whole-body scanner. It’s an Au-
mogram. The density is not disclosed in that report, and yet dense
rora Dedicated Breast MRI System, developed by Aurora Imaging
tissue can hide abnormalities, so a mammogram could be useless, but
Technology and Dr. Steve Harms, a well-known physician/scientist in
no one tells the patient. That’s one reason mammograms and sono-
the field of magnetic resonance imaging. Early in his career, Harms
grams detect only 70 percent of tumors; MRI detects 97 percent.”
worked with Paul Lauterbur, Ph.D., who won the Nobel Prize for the
(See sidebar on Henda’s Law.)
development of MRI. Dr. Chou decided to purchase the $1.2 million
Dr. Chou opened her first breast center in 2001 in Lubbock —
machine in 2007 after carefully researching available diagnostic op-
called Wellness Lubbock — and expanded into San Antonio in 2009.
tions and following her own bout with cancer (more about that later).
As a radiation oncologist, she treats all cancers, not just breast tumors,
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PROFILE Left, Dr. Chou with her husband, Dr. Peter Ming-Tao Ho, and their daughter, Julia Ho, who attends Washington University, St. Louis. Below, Dr. Chou confers with two of her colleagues: radiologic technologist Mitzi Stewart and Dr. David Mangold, breast surgeon.
1989 settled in Lubbock, where he joined the Texas Tech Ophthalmology Department and completed his residency. He has been in private practice ever since. Life was good, and Dr. Chou felt that as a physician she was doing the best possible job for her patients. Already thinking in terms of comprehensive care, she made sure that her first clinic had the best diagnostic tools available at the time, and she followed her own adwith a range of therapies and provides a vari-
on resettling in the States, and her baby
vice by getting both a mammogram and a
ety of scanning modalities in addition to the
needed more attention than a busy medical
sonogram every December. So when she felt a
breast MRI. In fact, the Aurora consists of three
resident could give her.
painful spot on her breast in September 2004,
“centers”: Cancer Center, Imaging Center and
“I wanted to do more and learn more,” says
only months after her last mammogram, she
the Breast Center. The clinic is also known for
Dr. Chou. “Taiwan’s a bit rigid, and the profes-
was shocked. There was no history of the dis-
following up on patients after the conclusion
sion is dominated by a hierarchy of male doc-
ease in her family, she was not a smoker, and
of active treatment. “I saw a need for a contin-
tors from established families. Also, it’s too
she followed a healthy lifestyle. “It was such a
uum of care,” says the founder, “from screening
small, and I was concerned about China’s
shock that I cried for two weeks,” she admits.
and diagnosis through treatment and follow-
threats to take over Taiwan. I was serious
Worse, the pathology report indicated that the
up, all under one roof.”
about what I wanted to do. I guess I am not a
cancer might be aggressive and in multiple
Dr. Chou commutes between Lubbock and
traditional wife,” she concludes with a chuckle.
sites. No MRI was available to her back then to
San Antonio, but associate physicians and a
Fortunately, Dr. Ho changed his mind, and
provide a more accurate picture of her breast,
the family was reunited in Texas. Two more
so she opted for a mastectomy, followed by
Berkowitz, are always on the premises. In addi-
children were born in the U.S. as the Hos in
months of chemotherapy.
tion, three radiologists, including Harms, serve as consultants. Other qualified physicians can also practice at the Aurora — and use its hightech equipment — because the facility is “an open-staffed center,” explains Dr. Chou.
SHE, TOO, IS A CANCER SURVIVOR Born in a small rural community in Taiwan, young Jui-Lien decided early on to pursue medicine as a career. She received her medical degree from the College of Medicine at the National Taiwan University in 1980 and later came to the United States, where she specialized in radiation oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Before the move, she had already married fellow physician Dr. Peter M.T. Ho and had her first baby, but they did not accompany her here. For one thing, her husband wasn’t sold
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And that was not the end of her ordeal. In 2005, as she was hearing more about MRI
technology, she decided to have a breast MRI/ whole-body scan (as the specialized breast instrument had not yet hit the market). To her horror, a tumor showed up in her remaining breast. Neither the mammogram nor the sonogram had picked it up. “I was totally worn out from the chemo, and I found myself facing another cancer,” she recalls. “This time I was devastated.” Though she underwent a second mastectomy, that tumor was later revealed to be benign. “You can see why I am so pro-MRI, espe-
Dense breast tissue may make it difficult to detect abnormalities on a mammogram. The new Henda’s Law requires all mammography facilities in Texas to post the statement below. If your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician. Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue. A report of your mammogram results will be sent to you and your physician. You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding the report.
cially pro-Aurora system,” says the doctor. In and provides sun exposure.”
retrospect, she thinks her mastectomies could
and five siblings in growing their own food,
have been avoided had the more advanced
so she has transplanted the idea to a 250-
Asked what she is looking forward to, the
imaging tool been available. Spurred by her
acre farm in Lubbock, which grows organic
doctor hardly hesitates: “Being a cancer sur-
own experience, she redoubled her efforts to
produce to sell to the community and serve
vivor, you live a day at a time. I am only re-
offer patients early detection and compas-
as an educational environment for children
sponsible for today. It’s important to focus
sionate care. And that includes survivors. The
and adults who want to learn about urban
on what’s important. God gave me this op-
Aurora Foundation, a part of the Ho-Chou
agriculture. “You are what you eat,” she says.
portunity to be a cancer doctor, and I con-
Family Foundation, is a nonprofit organization
“People think they have to go to Timbuktu to
sider it fortunate that I had breast cancer
she founded to support and improve the qual-
plant a garden, but you can do a lot in your
because I might not have been as passionate
ity of life of cancer survivors.
yard — plant four or five trees, and you’ll have
about breast cancer care as I am now, and I
Dr. Chou is also a great believer in healthy
fresh fruit for your family, not to mention that
might not have acquired the (specialized)
eating. As a child she used to join her father
working outdoors is fun, fights depression
MRI that helps so many people.”
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By ROBYN BARNES
Photography by AL RENDON
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HILL COUNTRY HOLIDAY HOME Reflecting the German heritage of stone and millwork
redericksburg has long been recognized as a fun weekend destination for San Antonians. Great food, art and Hill Country beauty draw people year round. With the advent of new residential developments, such as Boot Ranch just north of the city, many people are finding the area a wonderful place to live.
One San Antonio couple discovered the natural beauty of Boot Ranch and decided
to build a second home there. Their estate lot sits at the top of a hill, bordering the private golf course, and has an amazing unobstructed view of the Texas Hill Country. “We built this home as a retreat,” the homeowner says. “We needed lots of space for entertaining because this is where we spend our family holidays. Our son, his family, nieces and their children, in-laws and close friends — they all come for these special occasions. We built the house with them in mind.” Courtney Walker of Courtney & Company Interior Design helped the homeowner with the design. The two have been best friends for years and have decorated several homes over the years. San Antonio builder James Seiter and award-winning architect Don McDonald rounded out the team that built this fabulous home. The team met at the site every two weeks for months to discuss the floor plans, look at the natural lighting at different times of the day and share ideas. It took three years to complete the house, but the team enjoyed every minute of the project. The house is tailored to the homeowners’ love of cooking, entertaining and the great outdoors. The Romanesque Revival-style homestead was inspired by the stone and millwork of the German homes and businesses in the Fredericksburg area.
This retreat for a San Antonio couple in the Boot Ranch development near Fredericksburg takes its cues from the homes built by German settlers in the 1800s. Stone for the Romanesque Revival home was quarried locally. The lot, near the golf course, offers unobstructed views of the Texas Hill Country.
The team wanted the house to meld into the landscape and chose locally quarried stone for the home’s exterior.
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so this circular room resembles a silo tower.
Those two table lamps were once old Chi-
The home is actually a compound of
Natural lighting over the sink leads the eye
nese print rollers. If we could reuse materi-
three living areas linked by loggias or paths.
up above tall windows to the impressive
als, that’s what we did.”
From a gravel courtyard, the front door
conical lapped-board ceiling. In its former
The massive dining table seats at least
opens into a small foyer that offers a taste
life, the carved stone sink was an old Chi-
12 people. It was originally a single pedestal
of the treasures inside. The iron chandelier
nese watering trough. The light fixture is of
table that seated eight. Because of the
is an antique from Leon, Spain. The chair
verdigris and came from a Dallas antique
need to accommodate more people, Walker
and daybed beneath the staircase came
store. Storage is provided by a set of an-
had another table made to match the an-
from South America, and the occasional
tique file cabinets, perhaps once the prop-
tique. Chandeliers by Niermann Weeks pro-
table is Chinese. “The staircase is a work of
erty of a lawyer. A tin water tank filled with
art in itself,” says Walker. “Byron Bueche of
straw holds rolls of toilet paper.
hasn’t a nail in it.” Library shelves line the wall alongside
On the east side of the room, a wall of French doors provides a view of the valley
San Marcos built it. It’s built from ash and
MAIN HALL REPURPOSES MATERIALS
below. On the west side, the kitchen is flanked by a butler's pantry and breakfast room.
the bookcase. To provide more lighting for
To the left of the staircase is the large
The homeowner is a well-known San An-
the two-story space, Walker custom-made
main hall, whose mortised wood columns
tonio cook who gave lessons in her home
sconces by hollowing out several books and
and beams recall the homes of the Ger-
for many years. She copied her San Antonio
stowing the electrical parts within the cov-
mans who lived in this area. The floor is re-
kitchen in this home so she could give les-
ers. “That’s just one example of the whimsy
claimed wood from old Pennsylvania barns,
sons at Boot Ranch.
Courtney brings to design,” the homeowner
and the timbers came from warehouses in
says. The riding boot affixed to the wall at
the bottom of the staircase is another. It’s a part of an old English bootmaker’s sign that Walker polished up and gave the homeowner as a housewarming present.
“We used as many reclaimed materials in this house as we could,” Walker says.
Central to the kitchen is a 13-foot narrow stainless steel island. A six-burner gas cooktop is located in the center, across from a large sink and the Sub-Zero refrigerator. An-
The furniture is a prime example, the
other sink is located in the counter on the far
homeowner’s husband says. “The chairs
side of the kitchen. “We designed this kitchen
The powder room is an amazing piece of
came from our lake house, and this table
so I don’t have to walk a lot,” the homeowner
architecture. The homeowners wanted to
came from my home at Greenwood Farms.
says. “This arrangement lets me teach 20
stay true to the German farmhouse theme,
The sofa table was our daughter-in-law’s.
people or entertain a crowd. The materials
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The comfortable living area is furnished with pieces from the homeowners' other residences. The chandelier is from Niermann Weeks. Opposite, the kitchen is arranged so that the homeowner can give cooking lessons to as many as 20 people. The space also accommodates crowds for holiday gatherings.
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are easy clean; the cabinets are painted beech wood, and the countertops are granite.” The butler’s pantry accommodates overflow and can serve as a bar during parties. A 10-foot pharmacy table runs down the center of the room, providing storage for wine, liquor and accoutrements. The pantry contains a large sink and tall windows looking out over the hillside, a full-size refrigerator, a wine refrigerator and another dishwasher. A golf ball collection contains a ball from every 18-hole course the homeowner has ever played. The far side of the pantry holds built-in cabinets for office equipment. A special piece of chain art hangs from the ceiling. “That’s made from every breakfast taco wrapper James ate while building the house!” laughs the homeowner’s husband. “It was a lot longer, but our dog ate some of it.”
SWEET SPACE FOR GUESTS
jacks hangs in the corner, just waiting for a
Several guest suites are located upstairs.
giant ball to come bouncing through. A col-
One has its own exterior staircase for privacy.
orful primitive painting of people on their way
Each suite has its own private bath and
to a festival hangs nearby; it was painted by a
mounted flat-screen television. Each room
bartender in San Miguel.
contains some special detail. The headboard in one room is built into the wall and has floating
THIS IS A BARN?
bedside tables. The elegant crewel bedspread
Out back is the barn. The bottom floor is
is from India. In another room, the beautiful
a traditional garage; the upstairs is a beautiful
bed coverings were once dining room curtains
guesthouse. “This space is a marriage of the
that were saved and repurposed.
homeowners’ history together,” Walker says.
The playroom is a practical space with bunk beds for the grandchildren. A child-sized
“It contains so many things they’ve collected during their 46 years of marriage.”
antique table and chairs provide room for cre-
A steep set of stairs leads to a landing
ative endeavors. A set of colorful oversized
with a bedroom on either side. A large middle
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Meals can be enjoyed indoors or outside. At top, a small breakfast room; below, the dining area adjoining the living room.The table, which can seat 12, was originally a single pedestal table; another was built to match it.
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SA AT HOME At left, one of the guest suites, each of which has its own private bath and mounted flat-screen television. Below, the dining area in the guesthouse located in the barn. The adjacent living room is where visiting kids can congregate away from the adults.
room serves as a dining hall, with a small powder room to the left and a galley kitchen to the right. Windows let in natural light. Because old German homes didn’t have built-in closets, Seiter built large armoires to hold bedding and other items. In one corner of the dining hall hangs a heavy wooden chain that came from Round Top. “It’s carved from a single piece of wood,” the homeowner says. Beyond the dining room is a comfortable living room furnished with a large leather sectional, built-in shelving and a large flat-screen television. “This is a good place for all the kids to hang out and get away from the adults,” the homeowner says. “They can make all the noise they want up here, and it won’t bother us at all.”
The central room of the suite is the dressing room. Marble countertops against the wall feature double lavatories. Borrowing an idea from
MASTER SUITE OFFERS ROOM WITH A VIEW The master suite is a separate small house, accessed via a breezeway from the main house. This cottage was the first piece of construc-
the kitchen, the homeowner added a dressing room island that serves as a makeup station. The walk-in closet offers plenty of room to store clothes and bedding.
tion completed on the property, and it was built so the homeowners had a place to stay when they drove up to view the project’s progress.
THREE YEARS OF DEDICATION
The front door opens into a comfortable living area furnished with
This Boot Ranch home took three years to complete. Few home-
a couch, chairs and a television. A small sink and microwave serve as
owners would be so patient. “This was a labor of love from the begin-
a minikitchen. Beyond the living room is the large master bedroom,
ning,” the homeowner says. “We had great fun doing it. We were
with a majestic view of the golf course and valley through two walls
blessed with a beautiful site to build on and an architect and builder
who understood our vision and became our friends in the process.
The master bath is a suite of rooms. The wet room contains the tub
Courtney knew how to use and repurpose our treasures from our other
and separate walk-in shower. The half-walls are of limestone quarried
homes. We didn’t discard our history when we moved here; we brought
near Fredericksburg. Wooden windows are set at 6-foot height to pro-
it with us.”
vide privacy and natural light.
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Just like the German settlers who first colonized the area.
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CANCER CENTER COUNCIL PARTNERS SHOPPING CARD RECEPTION 1. Anne Gamboa, Anne Campbell and Suzanne BaurÂ
2. Katherine Howe-Frilot, Terri Millmeyer
and Marian Sokol 3. Gilda Benedetti, Verna Venander and Joyce Brown
ECUMENICAL CENTER FOR RELIGION AND HEALTH ART HEALS HEARTS EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION
4. Beverly Purcell-Guerra, Marti Raba and Sara Kliewer 5. Mary Beth Fisk with Pat and Kelley Frost 6. Mark and Lori Wright with Don Anderson
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Eva Longoria and Judy Reyes
2. Sarah Forgany and Mat Garcia 3. Christiane Perkins and Rene Garcia
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
CREATE-A-CANDLE tm "Home of the 3-minute candle" features on-site candle making and wax chips for your simmering pots. Whether attending a candle party or recycling your old candle containers, CREATE-A-CANDLE is destined to become your new source for candles in San Antonio.
Create-A-Candle (210) 404-9100
555 W. Bitters road
Back Alley Antiques The Elegant Peacock Repurposing unique left-behinds into unusual and elegant gifts as well as new items and vintage collectibles. Come in and see our Adopt a Toy section. You'll find a large selection of leftbehinds as well as ready-to-be-adopted.
The Elegant Peacock (210) 492-4494
555 W. Bitters road
4000-square-foot showroom filled with an eclectic mix of American, French, Industrial antiques, quilts, jewelry, grand pianos, Life magazines, records and first edition books. We will help you find that perfect addition for your home or gift for someone special!
Back Alley Antiques (210) 494-5902
555 W. Bitters road
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Many Hands Gallery tm MANY HANDS GALLERY features one-of-akind items made in Texas by Texas artists. From contemporary fine art to everyday-use ceramics you will find special gifts for those special people. Jewelry, sculpture, wood turning, photography and batik art are just a few of the treasures you will find at MANY HANDS GALLERY.
Originals Jewelry, Beads & Gifts With two stores, Originals is a true gem. A place to buy hand-crafted Navajo and artisan jewelry, beads, stones, crystals, minerals and tools. Come take a class and discover the joy of creating handmade jewelry.
Many Hands Gallery (210) 391-1959
555 W. Bitters road
Originals Jewelry, Beads & Gifts 555 W. Bitters road, #108
418 Villita, Bldg.7 La Villita
Total Harmony Yoga Give yourself or someone you care about the gift of peace, relaxation, and wellness this holiday season. Give the gift of Yoga! Visit our website for more information and current class specials.
Total Harmony Yoga
Whether you are looking for an eclectic outfit for yourself or a unique and hard-to-find gift for that someone special, Uptown Gypsy is your one-stop shop! Uptown Gypsy is a fun, sexy, artistic boutique located at The Alley on Bitters.
555 W. Bitters road
Uptown Gypsy (210) 978-6546
555 W. Bitters road #106
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Peñaloza & Sons Whether it's ruby, rubellite or rhodolite, celebrate RED, the accent color of the decade. Experience fine jewelry in diamonds and all the colors of the rainbow. For the holidays and everyday it's PEÑALOZA & SONS.
Peñaloza & Sons (210) 340-3536
2001 N.W. Military Hwy.
Grand Monaco Grand Marnier raspberry peach and Chandon sparkling brut combined with fresh raspberries make for an elegant aperitif and are conveniently packaged and priced together. Choose from this or 17 other Cocktail Combo Packs – great for gifting or grabbing on the go. $44.99. Chandon Sparkling Brut, 750ml, 13% abv Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, 750ml, 40 proof
9 locations throughout San Antonio
INCA Boutique The most un-ordinary and one-of-a-kind women's fashions. Whether you need a skirt and blouse, a belt, or any sort of smart accessory to complete your wardrobe, enjoy relaxed, intelligent shopping at Inca Boutique. All items 25 percent off.
Inca Boutique (210) 599-2904
2015 Northeast Loop 410
ACEQUIA® Bath and Body All-natural bodycare, handcrafted with nature's soothing oils, emollient-rich botanicals and blissful butters to nurture healthy, happy skin. Artisan-made in San Antonio. Available locally at Central Market, Sloan/Hall, Kathleen Sommers, Wild Birds Unlimited, and at fine retailers across Texas.
Unique Jewelry made in Texas Exclusively for the Native-Born Texan. There is something special about being born a Texan. Texas is steeped in a unique history, beautiful geography and exceptional citizens. For those who can prove they were born in this great state, there is a way to show your pride every day. Custom Jewelry created by Texans and made in Texas for Texas! Custom Texas golf hats coming soon.
Natives of the Republic rena@Nativesoftherepublic.com www.Nativesoftherepublic.com
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Capistrano Soap Company www.capistranosoap.com www.facebook.com/capistranosoap
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Javelina Harley Harley-Davidson leather jackets are more than just for safety, they're a great way to keep warm and look great doing it. It's the perfect gift for your Harley enthusiast.
Javelina Harley (830) 755-5202
29078 Interstate 10 W Boerne, TX 78006
Salado Creek Boutique @ Los Patios Draftmark Home Tap System Draftmark is an affordable, simple and low-maintenance tap system that puts beer fans in complete control of their draught beer experiences at home, from choosing the style of beer to pulling their very own tap handle. Costs approximately $49 for system, $14 for each one-gallon refill. Available throughout San Antonio.
Imagine a place as beautiful as Los Patios, then imagine that beauty and serenity inside a boutique of ladies fashions, leather goods, jewelry, and unique gifts. Soothing music, friendly people, comfortable surroundings. Your view of shopping will be changed forever.
Salado Creek Boutique @ Los Patios (210) 590-4844
2015 NE Loop 410
Draftmark Home Tap System
Draftmark.com www.facebook.com/Draftmark 1-877-97-DRAFT
Creations by Jeanna Parrish & Company Give him a gift he’ll never forget – the Big Green Egg all-in-one oven, grill and smoker. This is the only outdoor cooker he will ever need and it is a gift the entire family will enjoy for a lifetime!
Parrish & Company (830) 980-9595
26995 Hwy 281 N.
You deserve unique handcrafted jewelry. Creations by Jeanna designs handmade jewelry with quality materials, natural gemstones, crystals and pearls. Request a custom order for that special outfit or occasion. Specializing in one-of-a-kind bridal creations.
Creations by Jeanna CreationsbyJeanna.Etsy.com www.facebook.com/CreationsbyJeanna
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Ranger Creek Whiskey Give the gift of Texas whiskey this holiday season. Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling handcrafts two premium sipping whiskies right here in San Antonio. Purchase them straight from the distillery for $29/bottle on Saturdays between 2:00 and 5:00 or at your favorite local liquor store.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
New! Send a Sushi Zushi e-Gift Card instantly via sushizushi.com/egift or purchase at any of 8 Sushi Zushi restaurants in Texas. Share the Joy! Make your Holiday parties easy with Sushi Zushi Party Platters!
8 Locations in Texas: San Antonio: Lincoln Heights, Colonnade, Stone Oak and Downtown. Austin: 5th Street or The Domain. DFW: West Village in Dallas or Southlake Town Square.
www.drinkrangercreek.com (210) 775-2099
South Texas Saddlery Gifts for office, travel and field. All handmade, one stitch at a time, right here in Texas using durable soft all-leather construction. Complimentary onsite personalization.
South Texas Saddlery (210) 824-8800
6450 N. New Braunfels
Lipo Laser of San Antonio Wrap up your Christmas shopping early! With our Body Contour Wrap Holiday Special, maximize inch loss (4 - 14" guaranteed!), reduce embarrassing cellulite while detoxifying the tissueâ€”all in one hour! $99 for 3 Gift Wrap Certificates, regularly $85 each-OR- 6 for $198 and get a Complimentary Wrap for yourself!!
LipoLaser of San Antonio (210) 201-5476
4865 Fredericksburg rd.
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Scentchips Scentchips are the original fragrance melt. Handcrafted in San Antonio since 1979. Create your own custom blend and choose from an extensive selection of stylish warmers. Wrap up your holiday shopping with the gift that makes scents!
FASHION EVENTS November 7-8 Saks Fifth Avenue Nini Fine Jewels Personal Appearance Fine Jewelry
December 5 Neiman Marcus Akris Punto Styling Event Resort Collection
November 13-16 Andie & Barbara Ming Wang Trunk Show Machine Wash and Dry Knits For Night, Day and Travel
December 5-6 Julian Gold Miriam Haskell Trunk Show Jewelry
November 14-15 Julian Gold Rita Vinieris Trunk Show Eveningwear
December 9-10 Julian Gold Peppina Trunk Show Jewelry
November 15-16 Julian Gold Lian Carlo Trunk Show Bridal
December 11 Neiman Marcus Mackenzie Childs Event With Creative Director Rebecca Proctor
November 15-17 Neiman Marcus Oscar Heyman Trunk Show Precious Jewelry
December 11-12 Julian Gold Gypsy Trunk Show Jewelry
November 20-21 Julian Gold Belargo Trunk Show Jewelry
December 12 Saks Fifth Avenue Rebecca Minkoff Personal Appearance Handbags
November 21 Saks Fifth Avenue Stephanie Kantis Trunk Show Fine Jewelry
December 12 Saks Fifth Avenue Cashmere & Cocktails Shopping Evening Benefiting Culinaria
November 22-23 Julian Gold Basler Trunk Show Sportswear
December 12-13 Julian Gold Fresco Fabrics Trunk Show Handbags
November 29-30 Julian Gold Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show Bridal
December 17-18 Neiman Marcus Brunello Cucinelli Trunk Show Spring Resort Collection
December 3-4 Julian Gold Melissa Spalten Personal Appearance Designer Jewelry
December 18-19 Julian Gold Claudia Lobao Trunk Show and Personal Appearance Jewelry
December 4-7 Saks Fifth Avenue Bulgari Trunk Show Fine Jewelry
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By JANIS TURK
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY GUIDE
The Beauty of Boerne FOR THE HOLIDAYS OR FOREVER, BOERNE IS BEWITCHING Photography courtesy of Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau and City of Boerne Parks and Recreation
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WEIHNACHTS Boerne residents and visitors line the streets anticipating the annual holiday parade. This year German town takes on an English air for the “Dickens on Main” festival, when it’s transformed into a Victorian London-like setting.
Charles Dickens never made it to Texas, but if somehow
1800s, and in many ways it still holds tightly to its German traditions
he magically appeared in the little Hill Country town of Boerne during
and roots. However, each year, all along the Hauptstrasse (Boerne’s
the holidays, he would surely feel right at home. Why? Well, for the past 13 years, the good people of Boerne have
German name for Main Street), locals and visitors flock to see the town transformed into a Victorian London-like setting straight from
embraced a rather English tradition — an annual “Dickens on Main”
the pages of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — a place where the shops,
festival each holiday season, with a tip of the hat to Charles Dickens
sidewalks, streetlamps and store windows are decked in their finest
and his legendary literary characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob
shimmering holiday splendor with broad green garlands, twinkling
Cratchit and Tiny Tim.
white lights, candy-cane stripes and oversized red bows. Horses
Boerne (pronounced “Burr-nee”), a historic hamlet less than 30 miles from San Antonio, was founded by German settlers in the mid-
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pulling carriages clomp down the streets, carolers sing in doorways, and white lights twinkle in shop windows.
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Holiday shopping in Boerne? While some shops stay open all weekend, MySanAntonio.com reports that more than 33 percent of shops in Boerne are closed on Mondays. Sundays, too, are never a sure thing, so weekdays may be your best bet for a Boerne shopping trip. Most shops open at 10 a.m. and close by 5 or 6 p.m., and on weekends some extend their hours. Second Saturdays are the best time to shop since almost everything’s open. To avoid crowds, shop Boerne on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to see what new inventory has just arrived.
Rev up your Valentine’s Day Each February the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” motorcycle rally rolls through Boerne. Don’t miss the big ride.
God bless us everyone This year during two weekends (Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1), Boerne will
What ever shall we do? For info on where to go, what you’ll find there, and when to shop Boerne, see www.shopboerne.org, vis-
be home to shopping, carriage rides, re-enactments of A Christmas Carol
scenes, “fire jugglers” and other family-friendly entertainment during the Dick-
ens on Main festivities. They’ll even host a “Weihnachts” night parade on Dec. 1
Visit the Boerne Downtown Merchants’ Association online — they offer coupons for shoppers at
— the only night that snow isn’t in the forecast for Boerne during the festival. www.shopboerne.com.
Let it snow! Yes, that’s right — Santa guarantees snow this year, thanks to the Christmas Shoppe on Main Street, which sponsors the “snow show” each evening on the south end of Main Street during the festival. The snow will begin promptly at
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas Past See Boerne at its best during the 13th Annual Dickens on Main events, to be held this year on Nov. 2324 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Visit www.shopboernefirst.com
6:30 p.m., and it will fall every hour, on the hour, for about 10 minutes. There /BBA/Dickens.html. will be four snow shows each evening, beginning at 6:30, again at 7:30, and at 8:30, with the final snow show at 9:30 p.m. november/december 2013 | 55
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A shopper’s paradise Boerne is also a popular place for shopping. With dozens of boutiques, art galleries, clothing stores, antique
Country life, close to the city
stores, consignment malls, home décor shops, kitchen gadget stores and more, Boerne draws shoppers from all
Hugging the northwestern rim of San Antonio, just north of Loop 1604 along
over the state. Most boutiques line Boerne’s Main Street,
Interstate 10, Boerne is a delightful destination, and not just during the holidays.
but even side streets hide little not-to-be missed treas-
All year, the town is an ideal weekend getaway or day-trip destination; and be-
ures. There are also bakeries, fudge shops, wine bars, beer
cause Boerne is so close to San Antonio, it’s becoming more and more popular
gardens, restaurants, cafes and more. During the holiday
as a bedroom community with an easy commute. It’s the perfect place to build
season and all year round, don’t miss the Christmas
a sprawling Hill Country home in areas like Cordillera Ranch and Fair Oaks
Shoppe on Main Street with its vast array of ornaments,
Ranch and provides a good school district for the kids.
lights and decorations.
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TEXAS HILL COUNTRY GUIDE Follow the Art & Wine Trail Besides its eclectic calendar of events, shopping and dining options and its famed getaway lure, Boerne is also proud of its art galleries. To showcase its town’s talent, Boerne offers a popular Second Saturday Art & Wine trail on the second Saturday of each month from 4 until 8 p.m. A free “hop on/hop off” trolley ensures a pleasant ride for shoppers
Street, too. Not fond of shopping? Take a nice stroll around this little town anyway: Visit its limestone Episcopal church, the historic Ye Kendall Inn and its Main Plaza Park bandstand — features which give Boerne an appealing Bedford Falls-like small-town touch.
Boerne’s natural beauty There are also many natural wonders to enjoy near Boerne, including the Cave Without a Name, Cascade Caverns, the Kruetzberg Canyon Natural Area, the River Road Park, Cibolo Nature Center, the Kuhlmann-King Historical House, Enchanted Springs Ranch, Joshua Creek Ranch and the Guadalupe River Ranch Resort & Spa. Bicycle around downtown, canoe, kayak or have a picnic on the banks of Cibolo Creek, or ride horseback on a trail ride. With restaurants, day spas, wine bars, cabins and B&Bs, hunting leases and fishing spots, Boerne offers many things to do. Whether you’re heading to Boerne for Dickens on Main, exploring its Second Saturday Art Trail, making a day trip to shop for antiques or relocating there for a lifetime, you’re sure to enjoy Boerne — a place where even a humbug like old Mr. Scrooge would feel welcome.
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HILL COUNTRY WOMEN
By BONNY OSTERHAGE
Photography BY CASEY HOWELL
Boerne Building a Business in
Women Find Their Niche in Hill Country Community
Just a short trip up Interstate 10 can transport you from the urban jungle of downtown San Antonio to the Texas Hill Country charm of Boerne. Settled by German immigrants more than 150 years ago, Boerne has a heritage that is reflected in everything from the shops and restaurants that line the quaint main street to the more than 140 historic structures that grace the cityscape. But donâ€™t let the old-fashioned, small-town feel of this unique city fool you. Alongside the antique dealers and specialty shops are trendy boutiques, fashionable cafes, urban coffee bars and hip wineries. There is no shortage of things to see and do in Boerne, and businesses thrive. The three women featured here have all left a big imprint on the small town that they call home, and they continue to embrace the culture and community that have made them successful.
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HILL COUNTRY WOMEN
“We wanted to create a place where young people could hang out in a safe and healthy environment.”
JULIA GROSSMAN, OWNER, KELANI YOGURT
Nine flavors ranging from tart to sweet are offered daily, and cus-
One of the newest businesses on Boerne’s Main Street, Kelani (for-
tomers can mix and blend their own unique concoctions. All the fla-
merly Kuhl) Yogurt is quite literally one of the coolest places in town.
vors are gluten-free, most are fat-free, and the tart flavors and sorbets
Every afternoon the self-serve shop is packed with kids and families
have the added benefit of being all-natural. Once customers have se-
enjoying healthy and delicious frozen treats in an environment that
lected the flavors, then comes the real fun: choosing from the more
invites them to kick back and stay a while.
than 100 toppings. From granola and fruit to cereal and candy, there
“We wanted to create a place where young people could hang out
is a topping for every taste bud. Grossman says it is really all about
in a safe and healthy environment,” says owner Julia Grossman, herself
balance. “The yogurt provides a healthy alternative, but you can top
the mother of one middle-school and one high-school student. She
it off with something more decadent,” she says.
traveled all over the world as an international business manager be-
Other Kelani favorites include smoothies, shakes and hot and cold
fore marrying and settling with her family in Boerne. She explains that
coffee drinks made with illy coffee. They are created by a friendly
they chose the Hill Country city for its idyllic setting and small-town
staff, which consists mostly of young people in the community. “I feel
values. “After living all over the world, those qualities were very ap-
strongly about serving as a mentor and coach to our youth,” says
pealing to me,” she says.
Grossman of why she prefers to hire the teens. “I can share with them
However, it wasn’t long before the California native noticed the
what owning and running a small business is all about.”
conspicuous absence of a “froyo” shop, something that was a promi-
Part of what it is all about is managing growth. In the less than
nent feature in her home state. “Whenever I went back to California to
three years since its doors opened, Kelani Yogurt has expanded to
visit, I noticed the self-serve yogurt business really taking off,” she says.
include two shops in Kerrville, one in Fredericksburg and one slated
Realizing the potential for such a business in Boerne, Grossman
to open in the Dominion Ridge. In addition, Grossman took over a
secured the Main Street location and set about creating the perfect
Heavenly Yogurt in Spring Branch and is gradually converting it to
“hangout.” Rather than embrace the bold, stark, environment of other
trendy yogurt shops, Grossman incorporated her own personal style.
Grossman gives back to the communities in which she opens her
Walls are painted in pink, turquoise and lime green. A living room area
shops by supporting the organizations that are important to her cus-
is outfitted with sofas, comfy chairs and big pillows for lounging and
tomers. Through the “My School is Kuhl” program, Grossman do-
watching the large flat-screen television. “We want people to feel at
nates a portion of sales to a designated area school, and the
home here,” says Grossman of the interior design.
business also supports local teams and youth organizations. “Being
She also wants them to have fun while enjoying a healthy snack. Grossman spares no expense when it comes to offering her customers
able to give back to the community is so important and rewarding to me,” she says.
the highest-quality product. All of the Kelani yogurts have live and
The biggest reward for Grossman, however, comes in the satisfac-
active cultures, exceeding the national recommendations for probi-
tion of providing what she deems a “happy” business. “The best thing
otics by at least 10 percent. “This is not just low-fat ice cream that we
is when people tell me how much they enjoy the yogurt,” she says. “It
are calling yogurt,” she says proudly.
is gratifying to have a business where people come in happy.”
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“We work hard at finding what looks good on our customer because you have to be comfortable in what you wear.”
DEB COLTON, OWNER, TRADITIONS AT THE DEPOT Many women look forward to retirement as a time of rest and relaxation. Not Deb Colton. When this feisty executive retired after 32 years with USAA, she quickly realized that business was in her blood. With limited experience in retail, she and a former business colleague purchased Traditions at the Depot, a Main Street staple in Boerne. Within less than two years, she had transformed the shop into a fashion destination for
that she had to be all the departments at once. “You have to wear so
women who travel from all across the state to let Colton help them look
many different hats while trying to appeal to as many customers as you
can,” she says. “ You have to keep up with trends and stay in touch with
“I’ve always been interested in fashion,” says the stylish Colton. “I love
customers. Social media helps, but it’s still a challenge.”
putting outfits together and helping ladies look their best.” That love of
Colton has never been one to shy away from challenges. While work-
fashion combined with her business acumen acquired during her years
ing at USAA, this, at the time, single mom put herself through college by
at USAA has helped her create a unique environment where women can
attending night school for eight years. She overcame a diagnosis of
feel comfortable. The large five-room shop is filled with everything from
Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 19 and is a 13-year breast cancer sur-
clothing to shoes, accessories and even home décor and gift items. Her
vivor. It was the latter that inspired her to start the charity tennis tourna-
shop is now the only Brighton store in Boerne, and she carries such high-
ment, Game. Set. Cure, now in its 13th year. The tournament is held in Fair
end lines as Claudia Lobao, Frank Lyman and Finley. “We focus on casual contemporary fashions and try to appeal to a
Oaks Ranch, but is open to all communities. Next to her business, it is the accomplishment of which she is most proud.
wide range of body types,” says Colton, adding that the bulk of her cus-
“The tournament has been a tremendous success,” says Colton, herself
tomers are in their 30s to 40s and beyond. “We work hard at finding what
an avid tennis player. “It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for
looks good on our customer because you have to be comfortable in what
WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing).”
Drawing on her life experiences has given Colton a certain advantage
While going to market and shopping for customers is fun, Colton says
when dealing with her customers. She describes her store as the culmi-
the biggest challenge of owning her own business is juggling all of the
nation of all she has done in her life, and she takes great pride in helping
roles. She explains that in a large corporate environment like USAA, you
women feel good about themselves. “We are a service company, and we
have a vast support system through the various departments. She says
are here for the ladies,” she says. “This is a feel-good industry, and the
that the biggest adjustment for her as a business owner was realizing
biggest reward for me is seeing happy, satisfied customers.”
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"I learned a lot of business principles while working in my family's business from the age of 6 until I was 17."
With their roles firmly in place, the Coyles quickly grew their business to the point where they required more office space. Rather than pay rent to someone else, they purchased a building and leased a portion of it to an insurance company. This led to the development of 4C Property Management, the second company the Coyles founded together. The name BETH COYLE, CEO, COYLE SDA
represents the couple and their twin daughters. Through this company,
At the age of 6, when most little girls want to spend their days jump-
the Coyles purchase and lease properties to professional service tenants.
ing rope, Beth Coyle was happily learning the ropes of her family’s cattle
Often these tenants have either worked together or with the Coyles,
auction business in Bryan. Little did she know at the time that she was
which creates a synergy between them. Since its inception in 1999, 4C
developing all of the necessary skills to become a highly successful and
Property Management has grown into its own thriving entity.
well-respected businesswoman in her own right.
“It’s really all just started because the engineering company needed
Coyle and her husband, Mike, are the founders of Coyle Engineering
more space,” laughs Coyle, adding that they could not have grown into
Inc., a company they began in 1995 and recently sold to Spalding
this second venture without the help of a very strong support team con-
DeDecker Associates Inc. In addition to staying on with the company and
sisting of a CPA, a business adviser and a corporate attorney, to name a
continuing to serve as CEO, Coyle and her husband also own and operate
few. “Anyone even thinking about starting their own business must have
a property management company, and she is the sole proprietor of her
a good team in place. You really can’t do it alone,” she comments.
own photography business. It’s a very full plate for this former head
In between juggling the responsibilities associated with owning and
coach and yearbook advisor at San Antonio Christian School, who would
operating two companies, Coyle found the time to devote to what she
go on to be profiled in Forbes Magazine. But Coyle, who cut her teeth in
calls her true passion: photography. Beth Coyle Photography began in
business, makes it all look easy. “I learned a lot of business principles while working in my family’s
1997 with Coyle shooting family portraits. But like the other businesses, it has evolved over the years and now consists of fine art photos as well
business from the age of 6 until I was 17,” says Coyle, who holds a BA in
as corporate and architectural commissions. Coyle is a member of the
communications from Texas A&M University. One of the things she
Boerne Professional Artists, and her work is featured in the Daily Grind
learned was how to be taken seriously as a woman in a male-dominated
Coffee Shop on Main Street.
industry. Her mother set the tone, having what Coyle describes as the attitude of a “kindly nurse dealing with a mental patient.” Coyle, who admits that it was difficult for her in the beginning, tried to take that same approach. She recalls how, nearly 20 years ago, she re-
“My favorite is the fine art photography,” says Coyle, whose office features some of her work from her travels in Italy. “I like to capture slices of life from all over the world and bring it back to show people how others live.”
ceived her fair share of “honey,” “sweetie” and “darlin’” from the men in
Both the property management company and the photography busi-
the field. “You can’t get offended or riled up,” she says. “You just have to
ness are what Coyle calls “backups.” She and her husband have only
get cheerfully firm with them. It only has to happen one time, and they
three more years left in the terms of the contract with SDA before they
realize that they can’t take advantage of you because you are a woman.”
are free to “retire.” Of course, retirement to this driven businesswoman
Another valuable lesson that Coyle learned at the knees of her par-
doesn’t mean the same thing as it does to most people. In addition to
ents was how to live and work together. She watched her mother and fa-
traveling, attending Spurs and Aggies games, tending to the family’s
ther create harmony by taking on separate roles within the business. That
home with its 31-acres of wildlife management and serving on numerous
is something that Coyle and her husband have emulated. “There has to
boards and committees, Coyle will focus her attention on the other two
be a division of labor, and there has to be respect,” she states. That meant
businesses once retired.
that she left the engineering and technical roles to her husband, while she took care of the financial, business and marketing aspects.
“Another important lesson I learned from my parents is that every business has an end,” she says. “You have to have something to retire to.”
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By RON BECHTOL
Photography JANET ROGERS
The Pearl: A Primer Restaurant Gems Abound
an Antonio has never been the
ment, built on the bones of a once-proud
teria Il Sogno — Italian and casual but still
kind of city with concentrations of
brewery. Vision secured as an anchor a
rigorous in its dedication to serious eating.
ethnic restaurants in defined loca-
branch of the prestigious Culinary Institute
Relocation of The Sandbar Fish House and
tions. We have no Little Italy, no Chinatown,
of America. Foresight made sure that there
Market, Le Rêve’s seafood-centered sibling
no Baby Bavaria. Sure, there may be more
was a built-in audience of resident diners.
with its equally impressive dedication to the
Mexican restaurants on the West Side than
And the market did the rest.
likes of skate and scallops, quickly followed.
elsewhere, but enchiladas aren’t constrained
The ripples continue to spread from the
by geography. And, yes, there’s the River
seed that is Pearl, but one thing is already
Walk, but the focus there is as much on the
clear: A new kind of ghetto has emerged,
There are risks in any kind of planned
place as it is on the eclectic food.
one dedicated not to a particular culture
place making, especially with a place as
Immediately, or so it seems in hindsight, Pearl became a dining destination.
Five years ago, no one might have
but to food culture itself. It didn’t hurt that
tightly focused as Pearl. But what might at
thought that this long-established dining
one of Pearl’s first tenants was Andrew
first seem artificial and contrived can take
dynamic was about to change — but
Weissman, a chef who had already upped
on an organic life of its own. Organic in
change it did. And the change was brought
the city’s culinary reputation with his first
every sense is Pearl’s Saturday farmers’
about not by a wave of immigrants bringing
restaurant, French-themed Le Rêve. In
market, both a celebration of ever-changing
their cuisine with them as they fled repres-
abandoning downtown for Pearl, Weissman
local produce (and thus a tacit foundation
sive regimes but by an influx of imagination.
signaled that he was willing to wager on an
for surrounding restaurants) and a savvy
Imagination brought us The Pearl develop-
untested idea, and his first bet was with Os-
way of getting a wider audience involved in
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the evolution of an idea. The development
equation that had emphasized afternoons
of the Pearl Stable building into an event
and evenings. With the opening of NAO,
tenders at Blue Box, Pearl’s only stand-
center was another means of attracting an
the CIA’s Latin-themed restaurant and bar,
alone bar to date, also create new cocktails
otherwise unaware population to the area,
not only did students have a forum for put-
to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated
and that function has generated its own
ting their newly learned skills to the test,
market. You want a bespoke drink featuring
but the public was given an opportunity to
bourbon? Coming right up. Appropriately
the likes of Pisco sours and more. The bar-
Initially involved as an approved caterer
explore all the cuisines of the Americas in
for a project sprung from a historic brew-
for Stable events, chef Johnny Hernandez,
synch with the students. Upcoming attrac-
ery, beer is the focus at The Granary ‘Cue &
a Hyde Park CIA graduate, decided to put
tions include Spanish-Caribbean in Decem-
Brew, a restaurant and microbrewery fash-
down permanent roots with La Gloria, a
ber, Brazil in late January and Argentina in
ioned from the cottage once the home of
riverbank restaurant pushing the local en-
March, and menus will change accordingly.
Pearl’s cooper. Chef Tim Rattray and his
velope with a version of Mexican street
The drinks menu at NAO’s bar reflects
brewmaster brother Alex have paid appro-
foods, many of which were totally new to
the restaurant’s culinary focus with riffs on
priate homage to history with a menu that
San Antonio. The ‘hood was heating up — and not just with ambitious restaurants. Melissa Guerra’s Tienda de Cocina was one of many early retail outlets contributing to the lively mix at Pearl, but it was no accident that its selection of pots, pans, knives and other cooking implements reinforced the culinary subtext. Meanwhile, the CIA continued to expand its curriculum, moving from the early focus on classic techniques to also embrace the cuisines of Latin America. A coffee shop and bakery opened, drawing attention to the school’s pastry program (think glossy Opera cakes and lapidary fruit tarts) and bringing morning hours into an
Opposite: An interior view of Boiler House restaurant and one of its featured entrees, pan-roasted salmon with creamed spinach and pickled asparagus. This page: Blue Box, Pearl's first stand-alone bar, where you can order a Pimm's Cup, right.
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springs from (but is hardly limited to) Central Texas barbecue and brews that reflect time, place — and some occasional whimsy. Unique and hard-to-find wines are the libation foundation at The Boiler House. Occupying the former facility that gives it its name, Boiler House offers everything from sandwiches and skewers to serious steaks in addition to offbeat wines, and in sharing a patio with NAO, it helps enliven Pearl’s pedestrian spaces as well. The shaded arcade that gives Arcade Midtown Kitchen its moniker also provides outdoor seating at this bustling new restaurant and bar run by prodigal son Jesse Perez. After cutting his culinary teeth at Francesca’s at Sunset under Southwestern guru Mark Miller, then getting additional exposure on the West Coast and in Atlanta, Perez has returned with a bang to focus on local eats with a sophisticated edge — lobster soft tacos among them; the bar here is no slouch either. But if more proof were needed to underline the diversity that has come to characterize Pearl, right around the corner can be found newcomer One Lucky Duck, a small but intensely focused shop featuring juices such as the Thai Green (greens, pineapple, cilantro and lime), shakes, wraps, salads and other raw and vegan products. But the Duck only takes one step further the options already offered by local favorite Green Vegetarian Cuisine, which has brought its mushroom stroganoff and Raw Deal wraps to a location across from the CIA Café & Bakery. We can’t give Pearl’s planners too much credit for knowing what would happen just outside the development’s borders, but it was perhaps predictable that its magnetism would attract serious comers such as Bakery Lorraine, which took up residence in a renovated cottage on Grayson Street. Run by two partners with experience at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, Lorraine turns out authentic baguettes, a bread that has been in seriously short supply hereabouts, in addition to exquisite tarts and pastel-hued macarons. Also open on Broadway is a branch of Brown Coffee, a bastion of the bean that extols both provenance and process. Soon to open across the street from Brown is SoBro Pizza; its impressive oven is already installed. And bringing a touch of eclectic Asia to the mix is Tuk Tuk Taproom, the result of a peripatetic chef’s travels in search of the
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quintessential green papaya salad and fragrant pho. Not to be outflanked, early-adapter Weissman has opened his own place on Pearl’s northern border. Minnie’s Tavern has taken over the leaning and much-loved location of the old Liberty Bar (since relocated to King William), and gussied it up just enough, while installing a menu that plays on a more casual version of his successful Le Rêve concept. Do not miss the bone marrow. And the end is not in sight. The new Kimpton Hotel currently being forged from the old Pearl brewhouse will sport a high-end restaurant and its own brewery; it’s forecast to open in 2014. Diners needn’t wait quite so long to see the results of the adaptive reuse of Pearl Brewery’s original administration building — “the heart and brain” of the historic property, according to chef Steven McHugh, most recently of Lüke on the River Walk. McHugh’s concept for Cured, scheduled to open in late November or early December of this year, includes a focus on “utilizing and curing the entire animal” as well as making his own vinegars, pickles, sauerkrauts and the like. “There’s no such thing as a pork belly farm,” he says in reference to the current popularity of that singular part of the pig. There’s apparently also no such thing as a limit to San Antonio’s fascination with Pearl and the culinary appetite it has awakened.
Opposite: The dining area at NAO, the Latin-themed restaurant and bar at the Culinary Institute of America. Above, a Peruvian tacu tacu rice cake made with fava beans and garden peas, topped with a poached egg and pea shoots, as served at NAO.
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By ANNE MOORE
THERE’S A NEW, COOL WAY TO LOSE YOUR “MUFFIN TOP”
Sometimes, even when you watch your diet and work out, there are those areas of, OK, fat that just won’t go away. It may be the “muffin top” bulge over the jeans or the thunder thighs. There are several choices of procedures to eliminate the fat in those hard-to-get-rid-of places. Some are used externally, like creams or rollers. These may or may not work. Or they are just temporary fixes. Others are surgical procedures, requiring anesthesia and the use of scalpels or other invasive utensils. These methods usually involve some bruising and pain. Relax! There’s a newer, kinder, gentler way to rid yourself of ugly bulges. It’s called CoolSculpting. It’s not only newer here in the United States, it’s also quick and easy. It’s FDA-approved for those stubborn pockets of fat that remain no matter how lean you become. Maybe some of us are just born that way, or our metabolism has slowed down over the years. I guess you could call CoolSculpting a shrinking process, using a fat-cell-dumping procedure. Yes, you read it right. This procedure will actually kill off fat cells. Permanently. “How,” you might ask, “does this work?” Your dermatologist or other medical professional who is trained in this procedure will use a hand-held device, or a larger one for larger areas, which is placed against the target fatty area. This computer-controlled device, developed and patented by Harvard Research, will be programmed to cool down those unwanted fat cells in your “spare tire” or other area down to the specified temperature, where it will remain consistent during the treatment. The targeted area will be gently “pulled into” the device and cooled to the point that is known to destroy the fat cells beneath the skin. Wait a minute! This sounds like it might be painful. However, the procedure is considered quite painless, with only a temporary, very cold sensation. Remember, there is no use of anesthetic, needles or cutting, and there is no scarring with CoolSculpting. It doesn’t even harm your skin or underlying tissues.
This is an exciting technology that is evolving. It is an ingenious procedure that freezes fat at a slightly higher temperature than other tissues in the body, which are water based. This leads to fat cell death and reabsorption by the body. I used the word evolving because initially Coolsculpting was developed to treat people that were fit, with stubborn areas of fat resistant to exercise. However, we have found that we can employ multiple treatments to transform excessive areas of fat. Being one of the first in San Antonio to offer this technology, and the largest provider in south Texas has enabled us to become skilled at assessing and implementing this technique for optimum results. William Parsons M.D. Dermatology Associates of San Antonio november/december 2013 | 69
BEAUTY And yet, there’s more. There’s no downtime ... you could do it during your lunchtime! No, you
We are very selective about the products and procedures we recommend. We know our reputation is built by
can’t eat your lunch while the fat cells are being
one satisfied patient at a time. That is why we feel confi-
murdered, but you can kill time. You can work on
dent recommending cool sculpt to our patients. The pro-
your computer or iPad, watch television, read, lis-
cedure really works to decrease fat in stubborn areas that
ten to music or catch up on your sleep during the
are resistant to diet and exercise with no time off from your hour or so the treatment lasts. Upon completion
busy routine. We offer informational sessions to educate those interested in cool sculpt and also offer free consul-
of your CoolSculpting, there’ll be a gentle mas-
tations with Dr. Owens or Dr. Vogel.
sage, and then off you go to participate in your normal activities with no downtime.
Dr. Nicole Owens / Dr. Paula Vogel Skin Specialists of San Antonio
You can see results in as little as three weeks. The dead fat cells will continue to crystallize, shrink and gradually be eliminated naturally over a period of about two months. Results are said to look very natural and very noticeable. Again, the process is safe and effective. In addition, since new fat cells are no longer produced once you reach adulthood, they won’t come back. Of course, if you eat like there’s no tomorrow, your tomorrow might include seeing those remaining fat cells in other parts of your body that were not killed off get larger, as our fat cells do when we gain weight. Some dermatologists are using CoolSculpting to “spot reduce” unsightly, saggy areas of the upper arms and neck. Some may also be targeting “back fat.” Testimonials
CoolSculpting include comments like they look and feel better in their clothes, they are flatter, firmer and happy with the procedure and would
With CoolSculpting, there are no “shrinkles,” a fun word coined for the sagging skin following severe dieting or surgery for weight loss.
do it again. Some CoolSculpting professionals will sometimes offer a savings event. Ask around. Sign me up! Although it sounds almost too good to be true, CoolSculpting does appear to be one of the best options available for safe and effective fat reduction. Get started by finding a professional trained and experienced in this procedure, usually a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Ask your friends or family for references. Call for an appointment for an evaluation and answers to your questions, including costs. Stay cool.
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Keep in mind: • CoolSculpting is designed for use on small, targeted areas, not for large or all-body reduction. At least, not at this time. • Do not try to do this yourself at home using ice. The applicator is computer-programmed to constantly regulate the temperature in a specific way to maximize the benefits and minimize the risk of overdoing or undergoing the coolness. Do yourself a favor by maintaining your healthy diet and exercise routines. • Costs will vary from one place to another, but I found a cost range on the Internet of $500 to $2,000, depending upon the size of the area.
The best candidates for CoolSculpting are those who don’t have a significant weight problem; rather they have fat in localized areas that has been unresponsive to diet and exercise.
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By STEVE YORK
DOLLARS & SENSE
Financial Fitness for Your Business Pay attention to the details KNOW YOUR ROLE IN THE BUSINESS When I meet with clients, I am astounded at how often I hear business owners talking about frustrations with day-today tasks in the business. As a business owner, it is essential that you approach your daily tasks with an overriding strategy and vision that drives your future success. Strike the proper balance between managing your routines, empowering and developing your staff, enhancing your customer experience and setting goals for growth and improvement. Just as with your personal health, your businessâ€™s financial health includes administering to current needs while properly preparing for the long term. KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR FINANCIAL PULSE Of course, staying financially fit and healthy requires a con-
Running shoes. Check! Workout gear. Check! Healthy diet plan. Check! We all know the right ingredients needed to keep our bodies healthy and our minds sharp. But do you know the right ingredients when it comes to keeping your business healthy and on the right track? Much as with our lifestyles, all too often as business owners we find ourselves reacting to our daily surroundings when we should be executing a well-defined plan.
sistent look at the numbers as a part of your routine. On a regular basis, examine your cash position or what your cash level is this month compared to last month and the months before. Generally speaking, you should always see an upward trend in your cash position to ensure solvency. If your cash position is squeezed, it wonâ€™t be able to get through a tough quarter, let alone a tough couple of years. Reviewing your financial statements on an ongoing basis can help you see where you can tighten up on your working assets while also monitoring overhead. Retaining your earnings and consistently reinvesting in your business helps keep debt under control and allows for quicker reactions to the changing market.
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DOLLARS & SENSE
Here are some key elements in a business’s finances that are critical to maintaining success and are often overlooked: • Employ consistent tracking. Make sure you are consistently tracking your finances so you can observe trends within your business. Over time you may find that the erratic nature of your accounts receivable or inventory levels may actually have a pattern. If you identify the pattern, then you can better prepare your business for the fluctuations and utilize the pattern to your advantage. • Keep a close eye on your payables. Supporting your vendors so that they can support you is essential to keeping your business thriving. • Maintain a healthy gross margin. It is important to understand the cost of doing business and know how to price products or services accordingly. If you aren’t able to profit, then you are not going to survive. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT FINANCES Other areas of your business, such as human resources, marketing and operations, may be seen as separate from your financial strategy, but in reality they can directly impact your finances in a big way. Make sure to have a financial mindset about these other aspects of your business as well to keep your business healthy. In most cases your staff is your most critical resource. Turnover and training are costly, so hire great people and pay them properly for their services. As you grow, you may want to hire contractors or temps to perform some tasks until you can determine whether you can sustain that next full-time position. Don’t allow yourself to become complacent! Ask questions about your business on a regular basis: Have you made it easy for a customer to do business with you? Does your market fully understand who you are and what you do? Are you utilizing technology to your benefit? Have you provided as many means as possible for your customer to purchase your products or services? Do you know why your existing customers chose to do business with you? With the right resources and principles in place, you can improve the financial health of your business in a meaningful way. After all, I know that you want it to live a long, strong and financially healthy life. Now let’s lace up those shoes and get out there! Steve York is executive vice president and commercial banking division manager at Broadway Bank.
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BUSINESS WOMAN SPOTLIGHT
Jacqui Lugar Jacqui Lugar State Farm Insurance Owner
What do you do? Auto, home, life, health and business insurance along with providing banking and financial services for my clients. Length of time at this job: Three years. What is it that you like best about your job? The ability to help my clients with their needs as their life changes. Education/Major: Licensed to sell insurance in the state of Texas, mortgage licensed, series 6 and series 63 license, currently working on my CLU designation through the American College.. What career path led you to where you are today? I was a single mom of three daughters for 10 years, and during that time I was in sales for Keith Zars Pools. I enjoyed working with people, so I knew that was what I wanted to do. As my children were moving on to college, I looked at the State Farm agent opportunity and decided this was for me, and so did State Farm! Would you encourage your children to go into the same field? Absolutely; it is challenging and satisfying work. As a matter of fact, I talk to my girls about it now. In addition, being a State Farm agent is a great opportunity financially to provide for one’s family. Who were your mentors? My personal mentor is my best friend and husband, Garry. He has loved and encouraged me even when I thought there was no way I could do something. He is the reason I am where I am in my life now. God is my mentor too … I wouldn’t be where I am now without putting him first! What person do you most admire? Sheryl Sandberg. She wrote Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, a must-read for all women in business.
Photo By Casey Howell
What do you enjoy doing on a day off? I love working out whether it is in the gym or outdoors on a bike or walk. Exercise is my Prozac! I also love spending my weekends with family and friends. I love going to sporting events, so I try to do that too.
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What is your favorite vacation? Oh, I love to travel. This past summer we went on a Mediterranean cruise and to Germany. My bucket list includes Australia and Bora Bora. I guess my favorite is being at a beach somewhere! What do you like most about San Antonio? I love the Hill Country feeling of San Antonio and, of course, the people. Raising my daughters here was the best thing I ever did.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Well, I plan on learning to play golf. Listening to music, swimming. Who has been the biggest influence in your life personally and professionally? Personally, my husband, Garry. What books have you read lately? Lean In. Right now I am reading books related to work like Paycheck and Playchecks: Retirement Solutions for Life; however, I love reading all sorts of books on the best-seller list when time permits. What’s the best movie you have seen in the last year? I just saw the Tom Hanks movie, Captain Phillips. It was so good. My favorite is the Iron Man series — just love it! To make you laugh, We Are the Millers, that movie was surprisingly great. Garry and I go to Alamo Drafthouse a lot. What is you all-time favorite movie? Probably Pretty Woman or Eat Pray Love. What type of music do you like? Classic rock, alternative rock, jazz — I like it all. I listen to music as much as I can. I go to the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin with my daughters every single year. I am going to see Harry Connick, Jr. at the Majestic in November. He is so great! What brought you to San Antonio? Business. I grew up in Houston. What community groups or not-for-profit groups are you involved with as a volunteer? I am a member of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce. Do you have a favorite restaurant? Yes, for simple Mexican food I love Chuy’s. How do you find balance in your life – career, community and home life? Well, at work I am building a team that will allow me to spend more time in the future with my family and allow me to commit more time to my community. Starting a new business is hard work, so finding the balance has been very challenging. What is your favorite relaxation strategy? Getting a great massage! What are your goals? To be the No. 1 State Farm agent in San Antonio and continue to work at being the best Mom and Grandma in the world! What is the best advice you have ever received? To have faith and live by the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you.
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MILITARY CIVILIAN CLUB OPENING COFFEE AT THE ARGYLE 1. Beth O'Brien, Pat Bose and Cory Bakke
2. Lois Jones, Katie Reed and Sue Storm
3. Rebecca Hermanson and Barbara Zars
SAN ANTONIO SPORTS DIRECTOR SUSAN BLACKWOOD RETIREMENT PARTY 2
4. Kelli Epp, Chris Shields, Susan Blackwood,
Mary Ullmann Japhet and Patti Larsen 5. Renee Thiebaud, Sheryl Sculley and Rosemary Kowalski 6. Mary Rose Brown, John Clamp and Joanna Weidman
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By JANIS TURK
Photography by CASEY HOWELL
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
"Women are really more suited to careers in construction than people might think because women in general seem to be more organized and are better communicators."
ANITA KEGLEY-DEATON, PRESIDENT KEGLEY, INC.
Years in the construction business: 35 How she got started in construction: “I married a man in the construction business. “The most rewarding part of this career is having a physical presence of your efforts, and the most challenging part is being a woman in a man’s field.” Construction was traditionally considered a man’s profession — how is that changing? “I am not sure that it is changing. I was just at a reception tonight and got asked the same questions I did 35 years ago. It’s still considered a business of men. There are more women taking charge and being successful, but it continues to be a man’s world. “Women are really more suited to careers in construction than people might think because women in general seem to be more organized and are better communicators. For a successful project, communication is essential
MAGNOLIAS San Antonio women with careers in construction
in all areas of construction.” Keagley-Deaton values the love and support of her husband, Chuck Deaton, and children:
Deaton and Amanda Deaton. She also has beloved pets: a dog, Prissy; and a cat, Peaches. She enjoys going to church, golfing, snow skiing, shooting guns, traveling, scuba diving and listening to music. She loves San Antonio because it is a big small town: “It is a blessing to be a part of a
Hard hats, scary heights, concrete and construction sites, steel beams and steel magnolias, macho men, heavy metals and more: Each day women with careers in the construction business tackle all these challenges and then some, not to mention dealing with old stereotypes and the demands of work in a maledominated field. We spoke to four San Antonio women who seem to handle with aplomb the tough challenges of their careers in construction while juggling family life as well. We took a minute to ask each how she began, what she does and why she loves calling San Antonio home.
city where you can get as involved as much as you want and do as much as you can. When there is a greater cause for the city, the walls come down, and the people of this city unite and take care of whatever needs to be done. It is amazing to be able to work around the great leaders of San Antonio such as Red McCombs, Lila Cockrell, Susan Reed, Leticia Van De Putte, etc.”
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS
"When we hire a new employee or small business vendor, we are helping our community. Our company is located in a historically underutilized business area of San Antonio, and we make it a priority to employ people from these areas."
“Women are really more suited to careers in construction than people might think because we construction women are dedicated to providing a good product, we pay attention to details, we listen, we care to do what is right, and we make sure that our staff is on the same page. My staff is expected to have the same passion I do in keeping our clients happy.” Carielo values the love and support of
JULISA CARIELO, PRESIDENT TEJAS PREMIER BUILDING CONTRACTOR, INC. Years in the construction business: 18
pany is located in a historically underuti-
her husband, Oscar, and sons Oscar, 11,
lized business area of San Antonio, and we
and Hector, 9, and says, “They truly are
make it a priority to employ people from
the loves of my life! I came from a big
these areas. I want Tejas Premier to make
family, and having my family support
a difference in our city’s economy, and I
makes it a lot easier for me to branch out.
believe we can do it by building relation-
In addition, my employees immediately
ships with our employees and vendors.
become an extension of our family. It’s
“The most challenging part of my ca-
easy to get ahead when we are all taking
How she got started in construction:
reer is diversifying my business. In my in-
“I previously worked with a prime con-
dustry it is important to diversify our
She enjoys surprising her husband by
struction contractor that gave me shared
clientele list from local, state and federal
taking him on a movie date during an ex-
responsibility in making sure that his busi-
markets. I am always looking for ways to
tended lunch, going fishing with her boys
ness was profitable. This gave me the ex-
offer additional services.”
at Canyon Lake, coaching their soccer
care of each other.”
perience I needed to build the confidence
Construction was traditionally consid-
team and having a margarita and mojito
necessary to start my own construction
ered a man’s profession — how is that
moment now and then with her college
company. I love the industry, and I enjoy
and soccer friends so they can catch up.
building relationships with vendors and
women like me are in business meetings
Carielo loves San Antonio because it’s
clients. I like hearing about their business
proving ourselves. We are making sure
a beautiful city and has always been
history and how they got started.”
that we are heard and respected, and the
home: “My favorite thing about San An-
Carielo says the most rewarding part
greatest feeling is that men are recogniz-
tonio is its diversified cultures. I work with
of this career is creating jobs and helping
ing that we are at the forefront of our busi-
a diverse group of folks, and I am in-
build our community: “When we hire a
ness and involved throughout each and
volved in our community with beautifully
new employee or small business vendor,
every project we undertake. Most of all, we
diverse business owners. San Antonio is
we are helping our community. Our com-
enjoy the challenge!
the place to be!”
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS
MARYANNE GUIDO, CEO GUIDO & COMPANIES, INC. (INCLUDING GUIDO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, GUIDO LUMBER & BUILDING MATERIALS AND GUIDO MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
Years in the construction business: 20
How she got started in construction: ”I began my career at USAA as an actuarial analyst, having studied mathematics, statistics and economics in college. When I resigned from USAA, my husband, Tom, suggested I pursue something I always wanted to do but had not had an opportunity to try. My creative side led me to the continuing career/education program at St. Mary’s University in interior design. After completing the program, I formed Guido Interiors, Inc., which specialized in small commercial and residential design and construction. In 1993 I was offered a position as a project manager with Guido.” She says the most rewarding part of her career is identifying new talent and mentoring and
Construction was traditionally considered a man’s profession—how is
growing a team into the future leaders her com-
that changing? “Every business in the country is recognizing that women
pany will require.
are 50 percent of their natural resources. By not utilizing women in the
The most challenging part of her career is los-
workforce, businesses are seriously limiting their potential.”
ing a project or a good employee, and she says
Guido says she would not say women are better suited to this career
she is competitive by nature. However, she
than men; rather, she would describe women as “well suited” or “equally
chooses to use each of these experiences as an
suited” to this career. “Most women are highly organized, able to multitask
opportunity to understand how her company can
and detail-oriented by their very nature. Construction is creative problem
improve as an organization.
solving, project management, schedule and budget maintenance, client interfacing, team building and more — not just physical labor. Any smart human being can be successful in these roles.” She values the love and support of her husband, Tom; their father,
"Every business is recognizing that women are 50 percent of their natural resources. By not utilizing women in the workforce, businesses are seriously limiting their potential."
Cosmo Guido, Sr.; their siblings and their adult children and grandchildren, including son Christopher and wife Adrienne; grandsons Max and Maverick; daughter Lauren; son Cosmo; and son Michael, who was recently engaged to Katie Wadsworth of Boston. Guido enjoys many and diverse hobbies, including travel, cycling, skiing, reading, gardening, cooking, playing bridge and drinking great wine. She loves San Antonio because of its diverse culture and warmth and the genuine kindness of its people: “I also value that San Antonians in general recognize and affirm the importance of the family and its role in creating great future citizens.”
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS
"I really love attending all of the selection meetings with our clients to help them marry all of the details together to build a beautiful and unique home."
LISA NICHOLS, OWNER NIC ABBEY LUXURY HOMES BY LISA NICHOLS
Years in the construction business: 25
How she got started in construction: “I started my business in 2002. We are a custom home building and remodeling company, and my job responsibilities include creating opportunities for our company in home building, remodeling and land acquisition. I also work with our clients on an individual basis from land procurement, home design and selections and construction to completion. I built my first house for my family because I could not find a home that met our needs. I was searching for a home that would cater to the way my husband and two children and I live. Throughout the process, I realized how much I enjoyed it from beginning to end and realized there is a need for homes designed to accommodate a modern family’s needs.” Nichols says the most rewarding part of this career is “creating beautiful homes for our amazing homeowners. Each home is completely original and is built with the finest building materials. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed in the market. “The most challenging part of my career is the way that
She values the love and support of her husband, Mitch, whom
home building is a very competitive business with a great deal
she’s been married to for more than 20 years, and their two chil-
of corporate and personal liability.”
dren, a daughter, Embrey, who left for college this year, and son
Construction was traditionally considered a man’s profession — how is that changing? “I have spent the last 25 years of
Mitchell, a junior at Alamo Heights High School. Mitch has worked in medical sales for most of his career.
my career in the male-dominated fields of home building and
Nichols enjoys spending time with family and friends. and
multifamily developments. A woman’s point of view can be a
says she is also lucky to live in the same city as her parents, her
benefit to families and helps to set me apart in this male-domi-
sibling, nieces and nephews. “I also have many aunts, uncles and
nated industry. As a woman, I may see things and details in a dif-
cousins who live in San Antonio, so holidays are always fun,” she
ferent way than a man. My attention to all of the little details and
says. She also loves to travel, read, shop and eat Mexican food.
my caring about the importance of client development really
She loves San Antonio because it is a great city in which to
helps to set my company apart in this industry. I really love at-
live and work. “San Antonio has grown into the seventh-largest
tending all of the selection meetings with our clients to help
city in the U.S. but has kept its unique small town feel and cul-
them marry all of the details together to build a beautiful and
ture. I love that I can get to almost anywhere I need to go in less
than 10 minutes,” says Nichols.
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By WENDY HUSTON
What’s Out There For Seniors?
Choosing an assisted living facility
If you have decided that in-home
pendent living with a support structure that
care or family assistance no longer
can check in on the elderly residents on a
works well for your loved one and
given schedule, monitor the taking of med-
you are concerned about his or her
icines and provide a level of service de-
safety, assisted living facilities may be
pending on the personal needs of each
an answer for you.
resident, such as bathing or dressing.
Obviously, moving out of one’s
So, how do you know if an assisted living
home is traumatic at any age. Yet if
facility is the best choice for your loved one?
your loved one is dealing with de-
First, consider whether he or she requires a
My next installment of What’s Out There
mentia or Alzheimer’s, the realization of
high level of care or support or is basically in-
for Seniors deals with various areas of as-
needing to move can be extremely confus-
dependent but may have issues of maintain-
sisted living. In the last issue I discussed the
ing and emotional. You need to be aware
ing a home or need reminders. Think about
advantages of residential care homes as a
of what is available for seniors in order to
whether his or her lifestyle has become a
relatively new form of assisted living. There
find the best care.
safety question. Does your loved one have
are other choices of assisted living that you
It is important to know that assisted liv-
trouble with stairs or remembering to turn
might consider when looking for help for
ing homes and facilities are not the same
off water or stove burners or to lock or un-
yourself or your loved one.
as nursing homes. Assisted living is inde-
lock doors? These are things to consider
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when deciding that an individual needs care outside of the home. You can benefit greatly by using a professional locator service to help you find the assisted living environment that provides the senior with the right level of independence, yet offers enough support to meet his or her needs. Families often need professional services to help them find what is appropriate and also to help them deal with making decisions that will affect their loved one and the family. You donâ€™t want to choose a facility based on how pretty it is or merely because the next door neighbor said her uncle is there. Each facility is different, and you need to choose one based solely on the needs of your loved one. Choosing the right place is essential to avoid having to move because it really wasnâ€™t the place for your senior. Careful planning ahead of time can make the transition a lot easier for the senior and the family. So what do you look for in a facility? Cost will certainly be a factor. Some facilities cost more than others and can provide more activities and staff. Understanding your budget or the budget of your loved one is vital, as you donâ€™t want to consider a facility that is beyond your budget and that might cause another move at a later date. Be aware that costs can also change, often based on the level of care needed now and in the future. The assisted living facility you choose needs to provide what is best for your family member. Cost is important, but so is the need for social activity and, of course, the food provided. Make sure you take time to visit the facility a couple of times before you make the final decision. Pay attention to the staff as well, noting how visible
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Knowledge of what’s out there is extremely important when handling the next life stage of your loved one. Consider using professional services to take on the legwork for you and steer you in the right direction toward assisted living situations that best fit your family member.
they are. Check out the dining room and stay for lunch to make sure the food is what your loved one needs. Talk to the staff about meals that your senior might need because of special diets or diabetes. If it is difficult to get him or her to doctors’ appointments, check to make sure transportation is provided. Location of the facility may also be a consideration for your loved one, who may want to stay in a familiar part of town or be close to relatives. Understand that the facility will become the senior’s home, and you can’t ask too many questions or check everything too carefully before you make the decision to move your loved one. It is very important that he or she be happy and, above all, safe and secure. If your senior is able to help in the decisions, consider his or her feelings regarding the facility. Always remember there are choices, so don’t just settle because you think there aren’t other alternatives. Knowledge of what’s out there is extremely important when handling the next life stage of your loved one. Consider using professional services to take on the legwork for you and steer you in the right direction toward assisted living situations that best fit your family member. You will save a tremendous amount of time and effort by contacting a professional service rather than trying to take on this important decision by yourself. There’s a lot out there!
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By ANNE MOORE
W H AT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE
he test strip turned blue, your monthly “visitor” stayed home, whatever ... you think you’re pregnant. The 40 weeks of pregnancy are grouped into trimesters. We’ve got the low-down on what you can come to expect during this time, some things to look out for and helpful tips on when to call your doctor.
During the first trimester, weeks 1-12, many changes occur in your body that may necessitate changing your daily routine – eating earlier or eating smaller meals more frequently. Symptoms of pregnancy experienced in the first few weeks, mostly due to hormonal changes, include: • Nausea and/or vomiting • Frequent urination • Fatigue or headaches • Food cravings or aversions and heartburn • Mood swings • Dizziness or lightheadedness • Weight gain or loss
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Weeks 13-28 will usually be easier than the first. Your abdomen will expand as the baby grows. Nausea and fatigue may be replaced by some of the following:
During weeks 29-40, some of the discomforts you experienced in the second trimester will continue. You may begin to find breathing difficult and may urinate more frequently because the baby is getting bigger, may have trouble sleeping and develop hemorrhoids. The baby may move lower in your abdomen.
• Body aches in your back, abdomen, groin or thigh areas • Stretch marks could appear on your abdomen, breasts, thighs or buttocks • Appearance of a line on the skin running from your belly button to your pubic hairline • Formation of dark patches of skin, equally distributed over the cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip, known as the “mask of pregnancy”
Symptoms that should be checked out quickly by your doctor: • Heavy bleeding with cramping, abdominal pain • Feeling faint • Severe nausea
• Numbness or tingling of hands
• Less energetic baby movement
• Itching on the abdomen, palms of your hands and soles of your feet
• Contractions. Unpredictable, nonrhythmic contractions that do not increase in intensity are called Braxton-Hicks contractions and will probably subside soon. Labor contractions will be at regular intervals and will increase in intensity.
• Swelling of your ankles, fingers and face
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Oh, baby! What to expect... Obesity. weight gain and other health problems Recent studies show that the heavier a woman is before she becomes pregnant, the greater her risk of pregnancy complications, resulting in increased use of health care and physician services and longer hospital stays at delivery. Health problems occurring during pregnancy can involve the health of the mother, the baby or both. These must be addressed to decrease the risks. Some more common problems follow: Anemia means having lower than the normal number of healthy red blood cells, causing you to feel tired and weak. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. Symptoms include: • More frequent, painful or burning urination that can put pressure in your lower belly • Fever, fatigue or shakiness • Pressure in your lower belly • Urine that is cloudy, reddish or smells bad • Nausea or back pain
These symptoms and signs of pregnancy complications require immediate attention: • Ectopic pregnancy occurs if the egg attaches in a location other than the uterus, frequently the fallopian tube. Symptoms include sharp pain in the abdomen or pelvis, vaginal bleeding and/or weakness or fainting.
your baby’s development, research names, get a quick list of signs and symptoms or track your contractions. Whatever you’re looking for to navigate your way through pregnancy, there’s an app for that. Here are a few we found online: BabyBump Pregnancy PRO iPhone + Android
• Gestational diabetes mellitus occurs when the body cannot effectively process sugars and starches, leading to high blood sugar. Unusual thirst and increased trips to the bathroom, fatigue, nausea and blurred vision are symptoms. If not controlled, GDM can cause an early delivery, caesarean birth, a big baby or a baby born with low blood sugar, breathing problems or jaundice. • Preeclampsia is also known as toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension. High blood pressure can result in low birth weight in babies. Severe preeclampsia can result in life-threatening problems.
Im Expecting iPhone + Android
My Labor Bags iPhone
Pregnancy Sprout Lite iPhone
Pilates for Pregnancy iPhone
Pregnancy Assistant • Hyperemesis gravidarum is a more severe form of nausea. It can cause dehydration and weight loss. Symptoms include constant nausea and severe vomiting.
• Depression or other mental health conditions during pregnancy can make it hard for a woman to care for herself and her unborn baby. If you’re depressed before pregnancy, you’re at higher risk to suffer postpartum depression. Symptoms of depression are: • Low or sad mood • Loss of interest in fun activities • Changes in appetite, sleep, energy • Problems thinking, concentrating, making decisions • Feelings of worthlessness, shame or guilt • Thoughts that life is not worth living
If you experience any of these problems, be sure to talk to your physician about medicines you are taking or any health problems you experienced in a former pregnancy.
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Happy Pregnancy iPhone + Android
Oh, baby! What to expect... Additional pregnancy complications requiring urgent attention: Miscarriage is the name given to the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg that keep the embryo from developing. Vaginal spotting or bleeding is the first sign. Premature labor and birth. Regular contractions before 37 weeks indicate you’re having premature labor. Babies can have serious health problems if they are born too early. The more mature a baby is at birth, the more likely he or she will be healthy. Twins and other multiple births. Over the last two decades, the number of twin births has increased by 70 percent and the number of three or more births has quadrupled. Factors contributing to a multiple pregnancy: • Heredity, usually from the woman’s side of the family • Race, particularly women of African descent • Number of prior pregnancies, especially multiple pregnancies • Age-related hormonal changes that affect older women, making them more likely to have multiple pregnancies • Infertility treatments, including fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization.
You may be expecting a multiple birth if you experience : • rapid weight gain in the first trimester • severe morning sickness • more than one heartbeat • active fetal movement • abnormal results on tests/screenings
Medical, logistical, financial and emotional challenges are present with multiple births. Multiple pregnancies are always considered high risk, since multiple babies are generally underweight because of their early arrival. Preemies are associated with long-term health problems, developmental delays and other disabilities and usually require a C-section procedure for a faster, healthier delivery. More of everything will be required ... more visits to your doctor, more tests and monitoring, more rest, more concern for diet and weight gain of mothers and babies.
Play it safe. When you or a loved one becomes pregnant, see your doctor, follow his or her advice, read publications and search online resources for additional information. Take your vitamins, rest and line up some help. Really. Enjoy your little bundle, or bundles, of joy.
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By LAURA REAGAN-PORRAS
Take a walk in one of San Antonio’s many parks or even venture over to the Pearl for some R&R.
Enjoy some silence. Our lives can be so noisy. We may not realize how the constant bombardment of media can stress us out. Breathe deeply. Do some yoga.
3. 4. 5.
Buy a holiday CD. Download to your phone or iPad for a day trip — shopping in Boerne or iceskating in Fredericksburg.
Go to a grown-up movie all by yourself or grab a friend. Destressing doesn’t have to be a solo adventure!
Browse a travel magazine or book about a place you’ve always want to visit. Start making plans to go there in 2014!
HOLIDAY DE-STRESSORS FOR BUSY MOMS
Go to the bookstore and browse, get a coffee. Buy that book you’ve wanted to read forever and do it!
Create! Write a poem or song, paint a canvas, compose and take a photo.
Indulge yourself — get a pedicure, a massage or take a nap.
Buy a poinsettia or Christmas cactus just for you, just because.
Take a long, hot bath with lit candles instead of electric lighting.
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Performance Blurs Lines
Teach children what is acceptable behavior By BONNY OSTERHAGE
It was the shock heard ‘round the world when a scantily clad
smile and a snake for her MTV performance of I’m A Slave 4 U? And
Miley Cyrus and her foam finger pranced and “twerked” her way
speaking of Britney and Madonna, let’s not forget the famous kissing
across the stage of the MTV Video Music Awards as Robin Thicke
incident. The bottom line is that bad behavior at these shows is not
watched lasciviously and sang about Blurred Lines. The performance
uncommon, so why are we hanging Miley out to dry? She actually
was the topic of water cooler and social media chatter ad nauseam,
had on more clothing than Lady Gaga. Is it because she was once
and the outcry seemed to be the same: “What was she thinking?”
the innocent Hannah Montana? Is it because we are afraid that our
“What does this say to our daughters?” “What kind of role model is
daughters will emulate this behavior?
she?” But perhaps the bigger question should be: Why were your kids watching?
BOYS WILL BE BOYS
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
eous in our indignation over
Before we get too right-
Ever since Elvis first wiggled his hips in a manner that some
Miley, is anyone pointing the
found “sinful,” rock and roll has been pushing the proverbial enve-
foam finger at Robin Thicke?
lope. Remember the 1980s,
Our daughters aren’t the only
ones in jeopardy here. What
around in a wedding gown,
does Thicke’s behavior, as well
sang Like a Virgin, and gyrated
as the lyrics to his song, say to
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on the floor in a way that let
our sons? That even if a girl
you know that virginity was
says no, she still “wants it”? That women are nothing but sex toys
the last thing on her mind? Or
put here solely for the pleasure of men? Then there is the fact that
how about Britney Spears ap-
he is old enough to be her father, which simply adds to the “ick” fac-
pearing in little more than a
tor. Yet with the exception of two very well-written articles that
made the Internet rounds, very little was made of Thicke’s contribution to the act. In fact, male rappers and pop stars have been singing about and simulating sex on stage for years, but thanks to our “wink wink, nudge nudge” mentality regarding sexual stereotypes, that doesn’t often make headlines.
BLURRING THE LINES OF RESPONSIBILITY The sad fact is, we live in a time where our children are saturated with mixed messages and blurred lines regarding sex. “Raising a child in the digital age is a perilous journey fraught with minefields for even the most conscientious and attentive parent,” says San Antonio dad Grant McFarland. “Artists like Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke don’t make navigating it any easier. “ But is it the job of entertainers and sports figures to make our jobs as parents easier? Are they really expected to be the role models that our kids look up to? Or is it up to us as parents to work even harder to police what our children are exposed to and to have conversations about what is and is not appropriate behavior when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex? “Didn’t the Mileys of our day exist?” questions San Antonio mom Cris Bregman. “Didn’t us girls know right from wrong no matter what was on MTV? Maybe it just falls back on the parents.” Let your children learn how to behave from YOU rather than pop stars. Explain to them that in the digital world in which we live, mistakes and poor choices can follow them around for a lifetime, hurting their chances for
Rather than blur the lines on our own expectations with our children by allowing some things to slide but not others, be clear about what is and is not acceptable behavior for BOTH genders.
school acceptances, job promotions and more. Finally, if they cross the lines, be ready with an appropriate consequence. Remember, you are the parent. While it is the right of actors, entertainers and sports figures to do and say what they want, it is your right and responsibility to change the station or channel if you find it offensive or inappropriate for your family. november/december 2013 | 97
Guys to Know:
Dr. Luis Galvan, DDS
Something to Smile About
By COURTNEY BURKHOLDER
Photography by CASEY HOWELL
GUYS TO KNOW
hen it comes to a healthy mouth, Dr. Luis Galvan has something to smile about. One of six highly specialized dentists at the New You Smile Center in San Antonio, Dr. Galvan spends his days changing peoplesâ€™ lives, one tooth at a time. Born, raised and educated in Mexico City, he first practiced general dentistry in Mexico, where he became interested in implant dentistry at the cusp of its inception. In 1995, he came to the United States to complete a residency in general dentistry and went on to earn his DDS degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, graduating magna cum laude. Now professionally affiliated with ICOI, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has received numerous awards for his work in the field of implant dentistry and has dedicated his life to improving the oral quality of patients all over the world as well as in San Antonio. I caught up with Dr. Galvan to find out a little more about his passion for patients and what brought him to our fair city. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Q: How did you become interested in dentistry?
Q: You are known for taking complicated cases that no one else
A: Dentistry has been a way of life for me. Both of my parents are
will take. Why is helping people so important to you?
dentists, as were my grandparents and several aunts and uncles. I fell
A: I had been seeing those difficult cases since I was a little boy watch-
in love with the profession when I was young and knew I wanted to be
ing my father practice dentistry in Mexico. I have 11 years of dental
a dentist when I grew up. As a small boy, I remember playing with my
training as well as 15 years in practice. Now it is my turn to help, do
Star Wars figures and using endodontic files as swords!
what I know and exploit all that training. If not, what a waste, donâ€™t you think?
Q: Cosmetic dentistry is often associated with making pretty people prettier, but much of what you do changes lives. Can you elaborate?
Q: Aside from an improved smile, what other benefits do your pa-
A: I love engineering, mechanics and biology, and I love helping
tients receive from your services?
people and giving them a better quality of life. When I discovered
A: They are able to eat the foods they were unable to eat before; they
implant dentistry, it blended all those specialties together in one pro-
no longer have to use the denture glue (which is nasty!); and they can
fession. With this technology, I could finally help people who had
kiss their loved ones with confidence. I give them health, aesthetics,
been miserable. I could increase their confidence, self-esteem and
confidence, the opportunity to have a good job and a return to their
ability to eat, and give them a longer, healthier life.
romantic lives. Those little screws bring about many good things!
Q: One aspect of your business that sets you apart from other den-
Q: Many people avoid seeing the dentist like the plague. What
tists in town is your desire to serve patients no matter what their fi-
would you tell someone who desires your help, but fears the den-
nancial situation. Why is this so important to you?
A: A human being should never be deprived of a technology that could
A: The great majority of my patients are ready, so we just help them
change his or her life because of limited finances. I became a doctor
with sedation dentistry to calm them down at the time of the proce-
to help people, and life is priceless. I also believe in hard work, and
dure. Todayâ€™s procedures are painless and fast; we can do a full arch in
that God will provide to those who work hard. I have never viewed
as little as 40 minutes, with the majority of cases taking approximately
dentistry as a business, and because of that, I have always been suc-
one hour and a half. So come on in and change your life!
cessful in business.
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By PAULA ALLEN
Photography JANET ROGERS
A Multifaceted Talent She’s been a journalist, pro-sports cheerleader, singer/songwriter, dancer and director
LINDSEY ROZNOVSKY Occupation: Public relations manager/ entertainer/entertainment consultant. Age: 30 Why she’s a Role Model: Hasn’t let a hearing impairment stop her from singing, dancing and broadcasting. Personal: In a relationship, has two miniature schnauzers, rescued from a puppy mill. Her own Role Models: Both parents — “my biggest supporters, helping me achieve my goals” — and her dance teachers, “strong women who know how to motivate.” Goals: Continual growth — “I’ve never been one to sit still.” Best advice ever given: Singer Tim McGraw told her, "I wake up every morning and I decide to do the best I can, knowing that at least one good thing is going to come of it.” Favorite relaxation strategy: Power yoga classes — “I’m learning to be OK with what I can do in this moment.” People would be surprised that I… “There are times I can be uncomfortable in a social setting. It’s easy for me to be in the spotlight, but I don’t always seek it out.”
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ot just because she’s a dancer,
Roznovsky says. A series of surgeries
constructed an outer ear for her, but
when and how to move — on,
away or upward. Just 30, she’s already been a na-
tional entertainment journalist, prosports
she elected not to have surgery that would open an ear canal. “One slip,
and my eyesight might be damaged,” she explains.
With the support of her parents,
director. Formerly based in Nashville,
Roznovsky was determined at an
where she was simultaneously a CMT
early age not to let her disability be
(Country Music Television) reporter
her destiny. She took her first dance
and producer and a Tennessee Titans
lessons at age 2, starting with ballet.
cheerleader, she’s now a public rela-
“After that first year, I told my mom
tions manager for Roger Christian &
ballet was too quiet,” she says, smil-
Co. and an entertainment consultant
ing. “I started taking tap and loved it,
for Spurs Sports and Entertainment.
because I could feel the rhythms.” En-
Originally from Lake Jackson,
couraged by her mother, a dancer
Roznovsky didn’t grow up planning
and high-school cheerleading coach,
any one single career. “I’ve always set
she attended dance camps and con-
short-term goals,” she says. “What’s
ventions, learned jazz and other
important to me is to do something
styles of dancing and made the dance
that makes people smile.”
teams in middle and high school.
Her success as a dancer and broad-
“Everything I learned in the dance
caster represents a twin triumph over
world — the precision, the routine and
expectations. Born without a left ear,
the discipline — has carried over into
she has no hearing on that side. “The
my professional life,” she says. She
doctors told my parents there were so
chose, however, not to pursue dance
many things I wouldn’t be able to do,
— “too limiting” — at Texas A&M Uni-
including learning to talk properly,”
versity, where she earned her bache-
ROLE MODEL lor’s degree in communications.
gery, she did a stint as a Rampage Ice Girl
publicist; you’re so good at talking to peo-
and co-host for the San Antonio hockey
ple.’” Her current job turned out to be a
basics at A&M and as a reporter and pro-
team and has since been hired by the
good fit: “Having been a reporter and pro-
ducer for a news-talk station in the
Spurs as an entertainment consultant.
ducer, I know what they want in music
Roznovsky learned her broadcasting
Bryan/College Station area. After gradu-
For her full-time job, Roznovsky works
ation, she decided to take her skills to
as a public relations manager for Roger
She also works as an instructor and di-
Nashville. For a singer “with a voice peo-
Christian & Co., where she takes the lead
rector for a dance company. “My mental state now is that I’ve moved to the other
ple like to listen to” who also writes songs,
on the agency’s largest account, Armed
Music City seemed like a good fit. “I didn’t
Forces Entertainment. Reporting to the
side,” she says. “I can’t watch a routine
necessarily see a (singing) career,” she
Department of Defense, her client sends
without thinking about it from the direc-
says. “I just wanted to see what path life
entertainers to military installations, in-
would take me on.”
cluding remote places where “there are
Currently in a relationship with some-
only 25 people who haven’t seen anyone
one who’s “equally busy,” she’s happy
but those 25 people for months.”
“juggling a lot at one time.” Looking
Starting as an intern, she found success at the division of CMT that supplies country-music entertainment news to
The move to public relations was a
ahead, Roznovsky still doesn’t want to
nearly 300 radio stations. There, she
natural progression. “While I was at CMT,
pick just one profession: “I’m happy when
wrote, produced and co-hosted shows,
people would tell me, ‘You should be a
I diversify myself.”
averaging five celebrity interviews a week. As crowded as her CMT schedule was, Roznovsky wanted to return to performing and auditioned to become a Tennessee Titans cheerleader. She made the team in April, went to boot camps in June and July, then practiced four nights a week. For an eight-month period, she was going in to work at CMT at 4 a.m. to do live radio later in the morning and leaving at 6 p.m. for her other job. Fortunately, “CMT loved the fact that I was dancing for the Titans. It gave artists another way to relate to me.” Although she could have tested her vocal
Roznovsky decided against it. “That was the time when women my age, like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, were becoming stars.” she says. “I listened to their voices and thought, ‘They really have it.’” During
Roznovsky started dating a close relative of a country-music star based in San Antonio. The couple planned to marry, and “We wanted to raise our children here.” At the same time, she had done nearly everything possible in her job at CMT, including marketing and promotions, so “I felt it was OK for me to leave.” Although
boyfriend broke up only two months after she moved to San Antonio, Roznovsky decided to stay in Texas. Still recovering from a knee injury incurred in her last year
“Everything I learned in the dance world – the precision, the routine and the discipline — has carried over into my professional life.”
as a Titans cheerleader, she tried out for the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers and made the finals. While healing after sur-
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By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF
Photography JANET ROGERS
Artist Sidney Sinclair, who taught art in the schools for 10 years, now teaches adults in her studio in Boerne. She is also a member of Boerne Professional Artists.
Paintings that give
Boerne artist depicts crosses and landscapes
he first thing I notice upon entering Sidney Sinclairâ€™s studio is a fairly large square painting of a cross, which, while recognizable as such, is also a free interpretation of the subject rendered in multihued patches of purple, yellow, coral and cream against a coral background. It looks like this cross is bursting out of its physical limits to reveal its inner self.
Does it have a title? I ask. Though it is to be shown only a couple of weeks later at the Hill Country Invitational Art Show
and Sale, Sinclair has not gotten around to naming it yet. But she has given great names to other cross paintings, such as The Road Less Traveled, From the Earth and Spirit of the Southwest. Though she had done similar paintings before, her focus on crosses sharpened recently following a trying period in her life when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer, lost a kidney and underwent a year-long recovery process. Now more than ever she wants her work to reflect her gratitude to God and the beauty of his creation, the latter depicted in her other favorite subject â€” landscapes.
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W joyed snapping pictures for a while. Still, that was not her calling. Painting was. Once started on that path, she never looked back, pursuing hands-on instruction from wellknown artists who also worked in the representational style, such as the late Warren Hunter and J. Hester, with whom she studied for 17 years. “I started a little later than most artists, but I have been so fortunate to have good teachers and cheerleaders along the way,” notes the artist. When she felt confident enough, Sinclair showed her work to NanEtte Richardson, who has run a successful commercial gallery in San Antonio for decades. Despite many sales since that time, it is always a thrill to see that others want something you created and are willing to pay for it. “It’s a great feeling of satisfaction. I’ve never gotten over the “I bring my spirituality to these pieces,
self, which develops slowly as intuition and
excitement of it,” admits Sinclair honestly. If
but the people who like them and buy them
principles of balancing color fields combine
there are no takers, she’s philosophical
bring theirs,” says the Boerne-based artist,
through her brush strokes. These are her
about it, telling herself that the right person
who is represented by the J.R. Mooney Gal-
“abstracts,” she says, because they are more
just hasn’t come by yet.
leries in both San Antonio and Boerne.
color compositions than straightforward
“Painting has more meaning to me now than
representations of the sacred symbol.
Following years of commuting to Boerne to work with Hester, Sinclair convinced her
a year ago. I want people to see the hand of
In addition to the Hill Country Invita-
husband that they should move to that
God in my paintings, to see something that
tional mentioned above, Sinclair is also get-
town, which they did in the mid-2000s. Now
gives them peace.”
ting ready for two other special occasions
it’s Lee who is commuting to his job as a
Both her landscapes and crosses sell
this fall: the closing exhibit at J. Hester’s
civilian lawyer for the Department of De-
well. While a few traditional landscapes in-
Highland House Gallery, which has carried
fense in San Antonio. For an artist, Boerne
spired by Hill Country sights are lined up
her work since its opening, and then a
is a nurturing place, she feels. Boerne Professional Artists, of which she is a member,
against a cabinet in the studio, there are no
show at the Boerne branch of Mooney Gal-
older examples of crosses because they
leries. Her work is also available at the Wor-
organize art events throughout the year, in-
now hang in other people’s homes. So she
rell Gallery in Santa Fe. Then closer to
cluding the fall Invitational, the Parade of
whips out an iPad to show me photos of
Christmas, she expects to have brand-new
Artists in the spring and a monthly Second
earlier paintings. With her finger pointing at
pieces for the public to see.
clair explains that it was bought by a man
Saturday Art & Wine day a la San Antonio’s First Friday. When she was ill last year, her
one done in predominantly red tones, SinLIFE AS A PAINTING
colleagues volunteered to set up her personal display for the fall exhibit.
who later invited her to see her handiwork
Though her educator parents appreci-
hanging in his home. “It was so perfect on
ated the arts, Sinclair did not discover her
Sinclair has also returned to teaching,
that wall that it looked like he had commis-
own aptitude until she took an art class her
albeit only twice a week and only adults
sioned me to make it for him,” says the
senior year in high school. She credits the
who gather in her studio. “What I say to my
artist with satisfaction. Another one, My
teacher, Betty Briggs, for seeing something
students is that you can make a living with
Blue Heaven, is an elongated, skinny,
in her that she hadn’t yet seen herself. Upon
art, but you have to think in terms of what
mostly-blue specimen that seems to derive
graduation, the young woman went on to
the public wants to buy. Artists don’t like to
its energy from its very simplicity. Yet an-
study education and art at Trinity, subse-
think that way, but that’s reality,” she ob-
other glows in the center as if illuminated,
quently working for many years as an art
serves. And she also imparts to them
with surrounding rioting colors nearly ob-
teacher. But 10 years into the job, “I was
something that a teacher taught her. “He
fuscating the basic shape.
burned out, teaching some 260 kids a day,”
said, ‘You need to look at life as if it were a
She approaches each blank canvas by
she says. It was time for a change, yet freed
painting.’ So I started looking at things and
first creating a distribution of textured areas
from teaching, she found herself at loose
thinking, ‘How would I paint that?’ If you
using a special soft paper, wetted, crushed
ends. When her husband, Bob Lee — to
look at life from that perspective, you be-
and applied with glue. Next comes all-over
whom she has been married since 1974 —
come more observant and you learn to
background color, followed by the image it-
bought her a camera, the budding artist en-
enjoy life more.”
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Boys & Girls Club Casino Night November 1 UIW Rosenberg Sky Room (210) 436-0686 Say Sí Muertitos Fest 2013 November 1-2 Say Sí Central (210) 212-8666 Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) Donate Life Texas Walk/Run November 2 Los Patios (210) 618-5052 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Purple Stride SA 2013 November 2 Retama Park (210) 542-3860 Christian Senior Services and Tesoro 10th Annual Party in the Pasture November 3 Rio Cibolo Ranch (210) 735-5115 Chi Omega Brunch 6th Annual Wish Luncheon Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation November 6 Home of Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Swift (210) 287-6582 McNay Art Museum Annual Gala Visions: Dressing the Part November 6 McNay Art Museum (210) 805-1761 San Antonio Food Bank Wine, Women & Shoes November 6 Blue Star Art Compex (210) 431-8306 Alzheimer’s Association Educational Symposium November 7 Whitely Center at Oblate School of Theology (210) 822-6449 March of Dimes Signature Chefs November 8 Westin La Cantera (210) 515-4844
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SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Constellation of Stars Gala November 8 Institute of Texan Cultures (210) 299-2636 SA Botanical Garden Society Family Flashlight Night November 8 SA Botanical Garden (210) 207-3250 Dress for Success and Career Gear A Taste of Success Casino Night November 8 Sheraton Gunter (210) 737-1515 Catholic Charities 12th Annual Fandango Under the Stars Benefiting Guadalupe Home November 9 Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch (210) 242-3110 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 65 Roses Gala November 9 Westin La Cantera (210) 829-7267 The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Cuentos Y Suenos November 9 The Sheep Ranch (210) 271-3151 Cancer Therapy & Research Center Book & Author Luncheon November 12 Marriott Rivercenter (210) 567-1206 Opera Guild of San Antonio Fall Event Honoring Drs. Harriet and Ricardo Romo November 12 St. Anthony Hotel firstname.lastname@example.org
November / December Transplants for Children 7th Annual Gayla’s Gala November 14 Leon Springs Dance Hall (210) 949-1212 San Antonio Zoological Society 31st Annual Zoobilation Ball November 14 San Antonio Zoo (210) 734-7184 x1049 Blue Star Contemporary Art Center 2013 Fall Gala November 16 Blue Star (210) 227-6960 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame 13th Annual Gala November 16 Retama Park (210) 651-7000 Bexar County Medical Association Women in Medicine Shopping Extravaganza November 19 The Club at Sonterra (210) 301-4373 Family Services Association Festival of Lights November 21 The Witte Museum (210) 299-2409 Mind Science Foundation Night of Mystery Gala November 21 The Argyle (210) 821-6199 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Hecho A Mano Boutique November 23 – December 24 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (210) 271-3151
Respite Care of San Antonio 26th Annual Luncheon November 14 Pearl Stable (210) 737-1212
San Antonio Food Bank The Great Turkey Challenge 5K Run/Walk November 28 HEB Arsenal (210) 431-8309
Texas Biomedical Forum Lecture Luncheon November 14 The Argyle (210) 258-9419
Mission Road Ministries Grand Western Shindig December 3 Cowboys Dance Hall (210) 334-2455
The Woman’s Club of San Antonio Christmas in the Mansion December 3-6 The Woman’s Club (210) 732-4811 HeartGift San Antonio Skeet Shoot December 5 San Antonio Gun Club (210) 299-7666 McNay Art Museum Holiday Brunch December 8 McNay Art Museum (210) 824-5368 Friends of Hospice Benefiting CHRISTUS VNA Hospice Poinsettia Ball December 10 Hyatt Regency Riverwalk (210) 785-5850 Sembradores of San Antonio Posada 2013 Gala December 13 Omni Colonnade (210) 733-6619 Kappa Kappa Gamma Christmas Tea December 21 The Argyle (210) 324-8923 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo 6th Annual Cowgirls Live Forever Style Show and Luncheon January 16 Pearl Stable (210) 225-0612 Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities 51st Annual Western and Heritage Art Show Preview Party January 17 Pearl Studio in the Full Goods Breezeway (210) 226-4651 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Let’s Rodeo Ball January 18 Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum (210) 225-0612 Kappa Kappa Gamma 17th Annual Tablescapes Benefiting Morgan’s Wonderland January 27-28 San Antonio Country Club (210) 859-0057
AROUND TOWN AugustHeart presents 3rd Annual Hearts of Texas A Night of Texas Music to Save a Life
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Present 2013 Trefoil Award
San Antonio Symphony League 2013 Season Opener
Dore and Bart Koontz
Danielle Gutierrez, Carri Baker Wells, Irene Sauceda and Rose González Pérez
Steve Seidel, Denny Ware, Agnes and Jim Lowe
Koontz’s daughter and friends
Elaine Mendoza, Carri Baker Wells and Fred W. Heldenfels IV,
Vickie and David Kinder
Bobby and Stephanie Cavender
Aaronetta H. Pierce and Charline McCombs
Kiki and Albert Lymberry
Jamie and Phyllis Browning
Jennifer Moriarty, Steve Arnold and Jackie L. Gorman
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WOMEN ON THE MOVE
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Mary Beth Fisk
Emily Kidd, M.D.
Lorena Allen has been named vice president of mortgage services for Security Service Federal Credit Union. With more than 25 yearsâ€™ experience in mortgage lending, Allen formerly served as vice president of the Florida Credit Union Real Estate Network and as a member of the advisory board of the Florida State College School of Banking, Real Estate and Insurance. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida.
Hill & Ford P.C. announces that Tracey L. Burke, CPA, CFP, has joined their team as a tax manager. Her background includes 25 years working with local and national firms as well as several years with a large corporation. With expertise concentrated in tax compliance and planning, she enjoys working with all types of entities, including individuals, businesses, trusts, estates and not-for-profit foundations.
Mary Beth Fisk is the new CEO and executive director of the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health. Formerly head of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, she initiated programs that still stand today, including the Texas Cord Blood Bank and GenCure (the regenerative medicine arm) and led many collaborative efforts with academic, corporate and other not-for-profit agencies. She also developed an international tissue donor bank and actively shepherded new legislation for medical needs at the state and national levels.
Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) announces the promotion of Debra Gutierrez to area manager of its west district, where she will be responsible for overall operations, member service and meeting strategic goals. A 2008 graduate of the South Chamber Leadership Academy, she participated in the Credit Union Executive Society University for several years. She joined SSFCU in 1992 as a part-time teller and has moved to positions of increasing responsibility.
Emily Kidd, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Health Sciences at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, was appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council. The NAC works to ensure effective coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters. Dr. Kidd is one of 10 new appointees to the 33-member committee, selected from 500 applications. She will serve a three-year appointment.
Julie Seale has been appointed CEO of Forest Park Medical Centerâ€™s new San Antonio campus scheduled to open in 2014. With more than 22 years in health care, she comes from Methodist Hospital, where she was director of physician initiatives for South Texas. Her experience encompasses equipment and facility planning for hospitals and physicians, strategic managed care contracting and revenue cycle management. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, Arlington.
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By LANCE K. RODRÍGUEZ
SCORPIO October 23-November 22 You really want to implement time-tested priorities, yet you’re unsure they will work with current circumstances. Perhaps a little experimentation and innovation can break the deadlock. The end of November will work better for you, as you will be less self-critical and more earnest in what true results can be produced. You may stand up for a friend who is experiencing personal attacks involving snide remarks. A new financial phase kicks in in December.
SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 20 Domestic and family concerns are on the front burner for you over the next five months. Review what really works in these areas and toss out the useless. A psychological introspective time period orients you to shared family values; otherwise you may have to start your own traditions. The most dominating parent has always grabbed your attention; pay attention to the low-key parent, as subtle messages worth their weight in gold are being imparted.
CAPRICORN December 21-January 19 Your mantra for the next couple of months: “Yes I can!” Muster all your efforts to make it so. Revamp your appearance with new clothes, a new hairstyle and the most valuable of them all — a new attitude! End of December witnesses a personal evaluation of your own worth and self-esteem. Challenges in relationships teach you the essence of diplomacy, tact, mutual consideration and the ability to reach new consensus levels with ease and joy.
AQUARIUS January 20-February 18 A close friend of yours can experience a double tailspin involving a relationship and/or finances. This friend is more than likely depressed and may even require professional counseling. There may even be some form of abuse as the source of these frustrating issues. A martyr/victim syndrome is pointless and useless, as it will more than likely suck the lifeblood out like a vampire. A healthy spiritual direction and development will be the key.
PISCES February 19-March 20 How does a trip to a tropical isle with all the amenities and luxuries at your beck and call sound for you right now? Take that trip or plan for it as you are overdue to enjoy it. Be careful about lower-back strain, bladder problems or the kidneys, as medical crises can pop up suddenly; they are acute in nature, not chronic. On the career side of life be watchful of pronouncements made by management that are half-truths, propaganda or outright lies and deception.
ARIES March 21-April 20 Roll those sleeves up, crack the whip and get the ball rolling with tasks, duties and responsibilities that you know you can complete either at the workplace or at home. Efficiency and streamlining are appealing to you right now, so go with the momentum and realize you can accomplish much when your motivation is high and excitable. Be careful driving over the holidays, as mishaps and accidents mar the joyous season. Partners are very assertive at end of year.
TAURUS April 21-May 20 The last couple of months of the year 2013 will find you looking at your future aspirations, goals, visions and ideals. All of them involve labor and dedication on your part. You will also review your attitudes, perspectives and philosophies of life. Do you see the glass half-empty or half-full? You may have to make commitments to individuals whom you are not very fond of, yet there are some life lessons to be learned. Two steps forward and then one back!
GEMINI May 21-June 21 Your greatest lesson to learn: Accept yourself, warts and all! Self-perfectionism saps all your mental strength, leaving you as a dry husk. Sometimes an imperfection is perfection. You may have to go to draconian levels to master your personal budget, as financial challenges will ensue without any relief. Workplace crises emerge because of the lack of details involving projects that have lost their rudder. Two heads are better than one.
CANCER June 22-July 22 Announcements can be made that have bone-chilling consequences. Fate and destiny hang in the air waiting for your initial reaction, and then your personal initiatives will be the more important. Events that occurred approximately 19 years ago will really make you gyrate, and above all, remember kindness and forgiveness as the most soothing of balms. You will only make things more intense if you back off, recoil and avoid confronting reality.
LEO July 23-August 22 Waking up in the middle of the night wondering what those darned dreams are all about? Your subconscious is deeply involved in resolving issues from the conscious world. If you have a sibling, talk to the one who is open to dreams, their imagery and their content, and you may be surprised what comes out that will provide great insights. Making great promises to a child and then no delivery of said promises will cause negative repercussions.
VIRGO August 23-September 22 Quit festering over issues that make you too obsessive/compulsive. Stick with goals you know you can handle as well as the goals that have future viability. You’ve been on the brink of chaos and instability; this too shall pass. Awaken a liberation consciousness within you to free you from past ruts, routines and monotony. Realize that you graduated from primary education involving survival; you are now ready to attend the college of thriving!
LIBRA September 23-October 22 It is strongly recommended that for this holiday season levelheadedness is required to exert financial discipline with your expenditures. Yes, you do love the finer things in life and you are generous in your gift giving, but if you sink yourself into enormous debt now, it will rock your financial boat later. Concern involving an elderly family member requires immediate attention. Family values and traditions experience a review and updates.
Lance K. Rodríguez is a professional Astrology/Tarot consultant as well as a Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master. He can be reached at AstroLance.net.
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1946 Billing itself as San Antonio's Most Beautiful Nightclub, Club Sevenoaks was originally located at 5130 Broadway in Alamo Heights and offered dancing to the music of touring bands and fine foods in a refined atmosphere.
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Published on Jan 7, 2014