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CONTENTS APRIL 2014 08
Business Profile: Aesthetic Options Medical Spa
Profile: Carroll Dorsey Walker
Home: Terrell Hills Home Is Rich With Traditions
AHISD School News
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Wine & Dine
Fiesta in ‘09
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BUSINESS PROFILE 78209
Delivering Beauty AESTHETIC OPTIONS MEDICAL SPA OWNER NANCY HILL PROVIDES WOMEN WITH BEAUTIFUL RESULTS
By BONNY OSTERHAGE Photography By CASEY HOWELL
If it seems as though the women of Alamo Heights are aging backwards, Nancy Hill may be to blame. Hill, a nurse practitioner, is the owner of Aesthetic Options Medical Spa, a boutique and medical-grade skin care facility located in the Boardwalk on Broadway shopping center. It is a place where women from all over the city (but primarily Alamo Heights) come to slow down the hands of time without undergoing invasive skincare treatments. “My clients tell me that people ask them who their surgeon is,” laughs Hill. “I love hearing that!” MEDICAL-GRADE SKIN CARE
Hill says she has always had the desire to own her own business. The opportunity presented itself when she and her husband moved to San Antonio from Seadrift, TX, in 1993 in order to assist in the care of her Alamo Heights in-laws. A longtime sufferer of rosacea, Hill had seen many dermatologists over the years, but none could provide her with satisfactory results, so this determined businesswoman decided to take matters
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“What sets me apart is that I am a nurse practitioner with eight years of experience, and I am the one performing the medical treatments.”
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into her own hands. â€œI became intrigued with healing myself and realized that it could be done through the use of the IPL laser and the appropriate medical-grade skin care,â€? she says. Aesthetic Options Medical Spa opened in 2005 in the Village on the Green shopping center. Hill chose the Alamo Heights location based on the fact that she needed to be in close proximity to her inlaws. It soon became clear that she was in the right neighborhood for the services she was offering.
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Hill passed her vast knowledge, research and training along to her growing clientele, and business boomed. Before she knew it, Hill was expanding her 500-square-foot space to 1,300 square feet, offering customers her popular three-part laser skin rejuvenation treatment that includes evening out the complexion, tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles, all in one treatment and with no downtime. Her services became so much in demand that last year Hill realized it was time to find a larger
space and expand her services. While convenience was what led her to choose the Alamo Heights neighborhood to start her business, her customers are what led her to stay in the ’hood when it came time to relocate to her current location. “Alamo Heights folks are loyal, and they like to support local businesses,” she says, adding that they are also a discerning group. “These women recognize value and understand that you get what you pay for.” And they do pay. The three-part laser skin rejuvenation runs $500 to $750 per treatment every three weeks, while the super popular intraceuticals oxygen facial (the same one used by celebrities prior to awards shows) will set you back $200. But as Hill points out, medical-grade facials are not an area in which you want to skimp. A laser in the wrong hands can cause irreparable damage. “I see clients who come in after using one of the popular ‘discount club’ offers for a laser service without researching the facility or the practitioners,” she says. “You really have to be careful.”
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Before she knew it, Hill was expanding her 500-square-foot space to 1,300 square feet. She offers medical-grade aesthetic procedures plus traditional spa services like waxing and facials.
Not all of the services Hill offers are medical-grade, or come with a medical-grade price tag. Aesthetician Elena Fletcher provides more traditional spa services, which include eyebrow waxing and tinting, airbrush tanning and classic facials. Fletcher is also a professional makeup artist who studied at the famous Make-up Designory (MUD) in New York and can work magic with a makeup brush. While Hill admits that it would be more lucrative to allow Fletcher to perform the laser and medical-grade treatments too, for her, it isn’t about the bottom line. “I want what is right for the client,” she explains. “What sets me apart is that I am a nurse practitioner with eight years of experience, and I am the one performing the medical treatments.” In addition to offering a wide menu of services, Hill has expanded Aesthetic Options to include a boutique where she carries DoTerra Essential Oils, Colorescience Mineral Makeup, an assortment of gift items and UPF 50, a line of clothing and hats that block both UVA and UVB rays stylishly. “The incidence of skin cancer is increasing,” says Hill. “We wanted to offer something cute that women of all ages will actually wear and use.”
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While Hill’s services successfully allow women to thumb their poreless noses at Father Time, no service is going to be as effective without a good at-home regimen. Hill offers several lines of medical-grade skin care products for clients to continue to pamper their skin between appointments and ensure longer-lasting results. Intraceuticals, iS Clinical by Innovative Skincare and Biopelle are just a few of the lines that fly off the shelves. “Medical-grade products treat the skin at the cellular level,” Hill explains. “You can completely change a person’s skin with the appropriate skin care.” With her porcelain, wrinkle-free skin, Hill is a testament to her trade. It is no wonder that she boasts such a loyal following. “The ideal customer is one who understands the value of coming to someone who understands the skin and how to get it to look the way you want it to,” she says. “My Alamo Heights clients get it.”
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JEWELRY MAKER CARROLL DORSEY WALKER SHE HAS A TALENT FOR DESIGN AND BUSINESS ACUMEN TOO By COURTNEY BURKHOLDER
Photography by CASEY HOWELL
Like the beautiful pieces of jewelry she designs, Carroll Dorsey Walker is the total package. Creative, artistic and with business sense to boot, Carroll is the founder and designer of Bejewel by Carroll Dorsey Walker, a jewelry and accessory line created right here in the heart of Alamo Heights. Married to Robert since 1996, she and her husband and their son, Dorsey, are longtime Heights residents. Born and raised in Alamo Heights, Robert is the owner and operator of Rufus A. Walker & Co., a construction supply company, and Dorsey is a student at Alamo Heights High School. For the Walker family, there’s no place they would rather call home than Alamo Heights. “We love living in Alamo Heights,” Carroll says. “I love the trees, the friendly people and the old neighborhoods. Our house is 113 years old, and it really lends itself to creativity.” And for Carroll, exploring the realms of her creativity is what life is all about. Carroll’s dream began in 1997 when she took her first jewelry making class. “I have always loved beautiful things, and I had a lot of artistic visions that I wanted to explore,” she recalls. “I created my first piece of jewelry in the spare bedroom of my home, and it was an amazing experience. From there, I went nuts! I could hardly sleep. I would get up in the middle of the night and sketch or work until 5 in the morning. After that, everything just sort of snowballed.” Her rise to the top of the jewelry design chain, however, was no accident. With a degree in marketing management from Southwest Texas State University, Carroll used her busi-
“We love living in Alamo Heights,” Carroll says. “I love the trees, the friendly people and the old neighborhoods. Our house is 113 years old, and it really lends itself to creativity.”
ness acumen to launch Bejewel by Carroll Dorsey Walker into the finest local shops in San Antonio and beyond. Julian Gold was one of the first boutiques to carry Bejewel, and it quickly became one of their highest-selling jewelry lines. From there, Carroll opened showrooms in Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. By 2007, she was servicing over 400 boutiques nationwide as well as several overseas accounts. Her beautiful creations have been featured in InStyle, Reader’s Digest and Marie Claire magazines and worn by celebrities on the red carpet as well as by many television personalities. In 2008, following the nationwide economic downturn and with her son entering junior high, Carroll scaled her business back, closing the majority of her East Coast accounts to concentrate on her showrooms in New York and Dallas and to be more available to her son. “With over 16 years in the industry, I’ve experienced many types of economic cycles, good and bad, and you really have to go with the flow,” she says. Today, Bejewel by Carroll Dorsey Walker can be found locally at Julian Gold, Adelante Boutique at the Pearl and by private appointment at her home studio. “Regionally, my jewelry can be found in 50 to 100 boutiques across the country,” she says. “But with the economy recovering and Dorsey driving, I’m ready to cycle back up to where I was in 2007.”
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For Carroll, it’s all about the craft and making her customers happy. “I have always loved working with natural gemstones and the process of creating beautiful statement pieces,” she says. “I love beautiful ‘earth-made’ pieces that can easily fit into most budgets. A woman shouldn’t have to be wealthy to have choices about style and beauty.” Recently, she has expanded her line to include embellished evening handbags, and she has a loyal following for her soy-scented candles and custom bath products. The success of Carroll’s business has allowed her to be a strong philanthropist and leader within the Alamo Heights community, a duty she accepts with aplomb. She donates generously to numerous local charity events, including the Witte Game Dinner, Alamo Heights School Foundation, Mission Roads Ministries and Le Brunch des Chapeaux benefiting autism, where this spring she will provide the Top Topper Award. Along with serving on a number of local boards, Carroll currently serves as chairman of the Alamo chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, a mother/son volunteer organization. “Dorsey and I do a lot of volunteer work together for charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope, to name a few,” she explains. Recently nominated for a 2014 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Carroll received the Innovator Award. Her sponsor, Darrell Hamlin, founder and owner of Civic Monkey, describes her in this way: “Carroll has the artistic talent to design and construct products of extraordinary beauty, the operating skills to manage the enterprise, and the visionary gifts to see where market trends and customer satisfactions merge on the commercial horizon.” With her creative juices flowing, and business on the upswing, Carroll is ready for the next challenge. “Currently, I’m making anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pieces per year, but I’m really looking to expand and grow the business,” she states. “I’m thinking of opening another boutique close by. I’ve got my eye out for the perfect spot.” With Carroll’s eye for beauty, there’s no doubt she’ll find it … right here in Alamo Heights!
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HAVEN FOR FAMILY TRADITIONS A
Antiques and family heirlooms share the stage By JOHN G. BLOODSWORTH
A Terrell Hills native, Anne Ballantyne has lived in five different homes in the enclave that has nurtured her from birth to raising a family of her own with husband Steve Ballantyne. “We feel rooted,” says Anne. “Terrell Hills is where my family has lived for some 65 years, and it is where our first grandchild will be born.” As a member of the Terrell Hills City Council for 12 years, having served on both the city’s Board of Adjustments and the Planning and Zoning committee, Anne knows her city well. She is also part of the bigger community, serving this year as president of the Battle of Flowers Association. Pa-
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rades and politics bode well for a family that cherishes the traditions that bond a community. Home is where the Ballantynes nurture traditions both large and small. One family formality carefully observed by their three children -- Patrick, Katy and Brian — was the No No Room. When they were small children, the formal living room, where family heirlooms are beautifully displayed, was given that moniker. It is still called that by family and friends today. A collection of blue milk glass adorns shelves in the living room, part of a larger collection belonging to Anne’s grandmother. A baby grand piano an-
chors a corner of the room with a cut-crystal chandelier hanging over a display of family photographs. Both pieces were from Anne’s grandmother. Family artwork lines the walls, including a painting of Anne’s mother over the fireplace mantel. Displayed on her mother’s Duncan Phyfe dining room table, a collection of Fiesta medals, miniature Battle of Flowers floats and Mexican folk art dolls inform guests that Fiesta traditions are celebrated here. It is also the heart of the home, where the holiday turkey is served from a massive antique silver meat server and dome. “We use it at Christmas,” says Anne. “It is quite a production, filling it with hot water, then putting the turkey on for presentation. It gets pretty heavy.” An antique hunt table that belonged to Anne’s mother holds silver and crystal wedding gifts flanked by a pair of silver champagne buckets, also from her mother. “Basically, I recreated my mother’s dining room,” quips Anne. University of Texas traditions run deep in the Ballantyne family, and the den is where Steve’s sense of style dominates. A past president of the www.78209magazine.com | 17
Texas Exes, Steve had a hand in remodeling the den about the time that UT won the national championship in football. A comfortable overstuffed leather sofa wraps around the room where a large flatscreen TV provides optimal viewing of Longhorn sporting events. A granite-clad bar equipped with built-in kegerator and wine fridge is adorned with Longhorn insignia. Cowboy Corner, a display of family photos and University of Texas memorabilia, pays tribute to son Brian’s days at UT, where he was a member of the Texas Cowboys, a men’s organization dating back to 1922. Steve was a Texas Cowboy during his time at UT, too. On a Battle of Flowers trip to visit a participating high school organization, Anne spotted a lamp in a vice principal’s office that was a model of the University of Texas Tower. She exclaimed, “I’ve got to get one for my husband.” Steve received a UT Tower lamp that Christmas. Having met as graduate students at UT Austin, they made sure the den pays homage to their alma mater. And it is the domain of yet another tradition and a pair of worthy causes. Susie and Jack, rescued Irish setters, are wellloved members of the family. “I have lived with Irish setters all of my life. I can’t imagine life without one,” says Anne. Traditions are not formal or stuffy for this Terrell Hills family — they are just a way to live life to its fullest in a place they proudly call home.
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ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD
A H IS D N EW S
H-E-B REWARDS EXCELLENCE
HONORING EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS
Howard Early Childhood Center’s Calli Griess was named a finalist in H-E-B Excellence in Education awards in the Rising Star category and has earned $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school. The Rising Star award honors exceptionally promising teachers with less than 10 years of experience. State winners will receive a $5,000 check for themselves and a $5,000 grant for their schools. Cambridge Elementary School’s Cheryl Duckers earned recognition in the Leadership category of the Excellence in Education awards. As a finalist, she also earned $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school. The Leadership Award honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom. State winners will receive a $10,000 check for themselves and a $10,000 grant for their schools. Alamo Heights ISD was named a finalist in the Large School District category, earning a $5,000 cash prize. Site visits were conducted in February and March to determine winners from a group of five finalists. The winning large school district will receive a $100,000 cash prize.
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Excellence in Education winner Calli Griess (pictured right)
Team members from Lincoln Heights and Oak Park H-E-B are pictured with Howard students in the school’s mock H-E-B store.
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ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD
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Team members from the Lincoln Heights and Oak Park H-E-B stores joined in the prize presentations. They enjoyed a moment with Howard students in the schoolâ€™s mock H-E-B Store, a learning environment sponsored in part by the Howard PTO, Alamo Heights High School and the Alamo Heights School Foundation. H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a way to support public education in Texas. It has become the largest monetary program for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of educators throughout Texas. Winners will be announced at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony to be held on May 3 in Houston.
Cambridge Elementary Schoolâ€™s Cheryl Duckers earned recognition in the Leadership category of the Excellence in Education awards. As a finalist, she also earned $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school.
THINKING LIKE A TEENAGER
INSIGHT ON HOW THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN WORKS
Alamo Heights wellness coordinator Michelli Ramon, LCSW, will present insight on how the adolescent brain works, using information from some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world, on April 14 at Alamo Heights Junior School. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parents may bring their teens, but Ramon warns she will be giving away trade secrets. The wellness program is funded by the Alamo Heights School Foundation. RSVPs should be sent to Ramon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alamo Heights Wellness Coordinator, Michelli Ramon, LCSW
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! ! VIVA FIESTA! VIVA CAVALIERS RIVER PARADE ART CONTEST! Congrats to Woodridge Elementary student Theo Young for being named District 10 winner of the Cavaliers River Parade Art Contest. He will receive a check for $1,000 to go toward art supplies for the school and a one-week summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art. Madison West was the District 10 runner-up and will receive a check for $500 for art supplies for the school. Their art teachers are Kelly Hankamer and Anika Blanco.
STATE CHAMPS ESPNâ€™S DAT NGUYEN CONGRATULATES ALAMO HEIGHTS GIRLS SWIMMING TEAM
ESPN honored Alamo Heights High School Girls Swimming State Champs with Players of the Week Award, presented by Dat Nguyen, radio host and former linebacker in the NFL. The Alamo Heights High School girls team captured their first swimming and diving championship since 1973, winning over Frisco by a score of 202 to 176, while the boys tied for seventh place with 113 points. Sine Scribbick and Finn Scribbick both captured state titles in one meter diving. Sine and Finn were both named State Diver of the
Year. Of special note, Finn is the first to capture four gold medals in the same event for four consecutive years. Congratulations to Sine and Finn on their gold medal and Diver of the Year awards! The Girls State roster included Sine Scribbick, Anelise Diener, Ellery Parish, Lauren Cuda, Liz Ryan, Audrey Cleek, Grace Strash, Erin De Leon and Kate Russell. The Boys State roster included Finn Scribbick, Spencer Adickes, Phil Goeken, Tim Hernandez, Cameron Young, Seth Ryherd, Colin Stone, Austin Lipscomb, Kaleb Korynta and Sam Lindsey (manager).
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TH E BU ZZ
Devotees of FitFusion have a new and improved place to get their fit on. On March 3, the popular Alamo Heights exercise studio moved into its new location at 5204 Broadway (just two doors down from the ballet conservatory it used to call home). Fitness instructors Mary Kay Sheeran and Amy Platt, owners of this popular facility, feel that the new location will allow the dynamic duo to offer a wider selection of classes as well as class times. Kickboxing, cardio ballet, Tabattas, high-intensity intervals, step classes and a new retro groove class, circa 1980, offer women a variety of ways to get toned and fit, just in time for summer. The first class is FREE! For prices, information and class schedule, visit www.fitfusionsa.com.
THE BUZZ By BONNY OSTERHAGE
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Welcome to The Buzz, a place to learn more about the things going on in your neighborhood. Whether you have recently moved to ‘09 or you were born, raised, and plan to be buried here, you know that Alamo Heights is a hive of activity. From business openings to city hall politics to dining and culture and school and family news, if it’s happening here, we’ll tell you about it.
To the new location of You’re Invited! One of our favorite “happy places” is relocating to The Collection shopping center. While you can expect the same level of service and products, the shop will also be expanding its already adorable selection of gift items. Stay tuned for opening date.
ONE PERSON’S TRASH IS ANOTHER PERSON’S TREASURE
Garage sales are so yesterday. If you really want to get rid of your gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and other odds and ends (as well as receive a fair price), then ask a friend to invite you to the private Facebook group “Alamo Heights Trading” (trust us, your friends are already on it). This highly addictive page was the brainchild of friends Lacey Watson and Angel Schneider, who had seen similar “boutique-style trading sites” in other cities and realized that Alamo Heights residents were missing out. They started the group last Nov. 18, and are already at 1,044 members, who are buying and selling like crazy. While you do not have to live in ‘09 to be a member of the group, all trades must take place within the zip code unless both parties agree to an alternate location. A fun way to shop, score some great deals and connect with the community, all from the comfort of your home.
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS AT THE WITE MUSEUM
If you haven’t been to the Witte in a while, this is a great time to visit, thanks in large part to the current exhibit, Alien Worlds and Androids: Are We Alone? This fun, family -friendly exhibit invites you to explore the cutting-edge science taking place right now and brings you face to face with the fantastic worlds depicted in your favorite science fiction films and books. Time Warner Cable is the presenting sponsor of Alien Worlds and Androids at the Witte through its Connect a Million Minds initiative, a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to inspire students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Visit www.wittemusuem.org for more information.
A memorial fund has been created in honor of Reid Hallman Kelley, an Alamo Heights seventh-grader who tragically passed away in September 2013. The fund was established shortly after Reid’s death in order to offer immediate support to the family. The Kelleys, however, recently transferred the funds to Alamo Heights School Foundation to create an endowment in memory of their son, a bright, science-minded student who aspired to be an engineer. The fund will be used for improvements in the science department, including the facilities and equipment of the science classrooms, and to support training and education of the AHJS science teachers. For more information, contact Dianne Hughes, AHSF executive director, at (210) 832-5957.
AHISD ANNOUNCES CREATION OF MEMORIAL FUND IN STUDENT’S HONOR
SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT
In other AHISD news, the high school cheerleaders participated in the national Universal Cheerleaders Association competition in February and secured a top six spot. Not to be outdone, the 2013 yearbook staff received the University Interscholastic League Award of Distinguished Merit. This is the fifth consecutive year that the AH High School yearbook staff has earned this honor.
A general election will be held May 10 for the purpose of electing three Council members for Places Three, Four and Five to serve two-year terms. Early voting for the general election will take place on Monday, April 28, through Tuesday, May 6, at any of the designated Bexar County voting locations. Lion’s Field Adult and Senior Center and Tobin Library at Oakwell are the most convenient early voting locations for Alamo Heights residents. Early voting hours and dates are as follows:
CAST YOUR BALLOT
·Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2 - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ·Saturday, May 3 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ·Sunday, May 4 - Closed ·Monday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 6 - 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.
Election day is Saturday, May 10, and election activities will be conducted at Alamo Heights High School, in the rear of the school off Vanderhoeven, next to the ROTC building (visitor’s locker room), located at 6900 Broadway, for Precincts 3020, 3025 and 3026 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.alamoheightstx.gov for more information. If you have any “buzz-worthy” news that you would like to see featured, please e-mail email@example.com and include “the buzz” in the subject line.
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N EIG H BORH OOD N EW S
WHAT’S NEW IN
By LESLIE FOLEY
SAN ANTONIO COUNTRY CLUB — GOOD TO GO! I attended an event at San Antonio Country Club on the last day of February. The parking lot was under construction, and parking spaces were unavailable. You couldn’t leave the club and drive onto Hildebrand — more of the same. Construction keeps following me and growing! After finally securing a parking space, I went inside, and I am happy to let you know that the upstairs ballroom is striking, and they were 99.99 percent (as of 2/28/14) finished, according to banquet manager Jim DeHoyos. He pointed out many of the improvements. I can’t brag enough about the ceiling, lighting and LED bright colors and sparkling crystals! A BIG WOW! The place is a showcase, and you will be impressed. The ballroom was out of commission for some time, and planners had to wait or move elsewhere, but you are now good to go for your next event.
MOVE OVER, COOKIE MONSTER…… Best friends Lauren Pepping and Molly Rodenberg, stay-at-home moms, left the business world and opted to open a warm cookie delivery business named Cookie Cab right here in 78209. Perfect for new moms, a pick-me-up gift, a thank-you idea or a sweet treat to send. It’s as simple as this: Call (210) 848-9920 or visit www.cookiecab.com and place your order for a chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, sugar, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter or Fiesta specialty cookie and grab a glass of milk (they will deliver that too); watch the cookie crumble.
NEW ART GALLERY
Ric Marmolejo has added art gallery owner to his professional title, converting half of his salon at 5410 Broadway to an art gallery. He hand-picked 12 artists to showcase his newest venture. A dream of his for years, it is now a reality. During his seventh anniversary celebration, Marmolejo invited guests, friends, colleagues and clients to share his enthusiasm during a cocktail reception in February. Dreams do come true!
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J. MCLAUGHLIN OPENS IN UPTOWN ALAMO HEIGHTS
J. McLaughlin is opening this month at 5930 Broadway in Uptown Alamo Heights center. The company has established a reputation as a clothing establishment featuring classic American sportswear and accessories for men and women in elegantly comfortable surroundings. The 2014 spring collection includes lots of patterns and abundant color. The company is famous for fashions that are timeless yet modern, with quality fabrics and attention to detail. For more information, call (210) 2679171.
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Are your hands looking cracked and dry from winter’s wrath? Why not treat your fingers and toes to a manicure and pedicure at Mood Boutique Nail Salon, 23 Brees Boulevard? The newly opened salon features an array of colors that are sure to turn your hands from dull to dazzling. Owners May Vanegas and Eli Maitland have created a nail salon like no other —with a boutique-style atmosphere that is chic, modern and glamorous. Choose a designer polish from Deborah Lippmann, Butter London, Chanel or go vegan. Manicures, pedicures, facial waxing, acrylics, gel polish, nail art and more are available. What will you be in the mood for? Get wild and crazy here for FIESTA!
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RESTAURANT GUIDE 78209
AMERICAN | ASIAN | BARBECUE | EUROPEAN | GREEK | HAMBURGERS | ITALIAN | MEXICAN | PIZZA | STEAKS
AMERICAN 20NINE 255 E. Basse, #940 798-9463 410 DINER 8315 Broadway 822-6246 ANNE MARIES’S BISTRO 555 Funston Place 826-5800 BIRD BAKERY 5912 Broadway 804-2473 BOARDWALK BISTRO 4011 Broadway 824-0100
SILO ELEVATED CUISINE 1133 Austin Highway 824-8686 STONE WERKS Broadway at Basse 823-3508 TWIN SISTERS BAKERY AND CAFE 6322 N. New Braunfels 822-0761 ZEDRICK’S 5231 Broadway 824-6000
HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN 7310 Jones Maltsberger 290-8066 LA MADELEINE 4820 Broadway 829-7291 LION & ROSE ENGLISH PUB 5148 Broadway 822-7673
PAPOULI’S GRILL 255 E. Basse, #384 804-1118
HSIU YU 8338 Broadway 828-2273
CHEESY JANE’S 4200 Broadway 826-0800
BROADWAY 50/50 5050 Broadway 826-0069
KOI KAWA 4051 Broadway 805-8111
CHESTER’S HAMBURGERS 1006 N.E. Loop 410 805-8600
CAPPY’S 5011 Broadway 828-9669
MON THAI BISTRO 4901 Broadway 822-3253
FIVE GUYS BURGERS 260 E. Basse, #107 822-6200
CAPPYCCINO’S BISTRO 5003 Broadway 828-6860
OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI 4902 Broadway 822-0300
FUDDRUCKERS 8602 Botts Ln. 824-6703
CORNER BAKERY CAFE 255 E. Basse #100 44-4553 EARL ABEL’S 2101 Austin Highway, #175 822-3358 EZ’S BRICK OVEN & GRILL 255 E. Basse 804-1199 EZ’S BRICK OVEN & GRILL 6498 N. New Braunfels 828-1111 GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S 2922 Broadway 828-5392 J. ALEXANDER’S 255 E. Basse, #1300 824-0275 MAGIC TIME MACHINE 902 N.E. Loop 410 828-1470 MAMA'S CAFE 2442 Nacogdoches 826-8303 NOSH 1133 Austin Highway 826-6674
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P. F. CHANG’S 255 E. Basse 507-1000 SUSHI ZUSHI 999 E. Basse 826-8500 SNOW’S VIETNAM 3244 Broadway 892-7461 TONG’S THAI 1146 Austin Highway 829-7345
BARBECUE BUN ‘N’ BARREL 1150 Austin Highway 828-2829
THE BARBEQUE STATION 610 N.E. LOOP 410 691-3332
BETO’S 8421 Broadway 930-9393 LA FONDA SUNSET RIDGE 6402 N. New Braunfels 824-4231 PALOMA BLANCA 5800 Broadway 822-6151 PICANTE GRILL 3810 Broadway 822-3797 SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA 7959 Broadway 930-8070 TACO GARAGE 8403 Broadway 826-4405 TOMATILLOS CANTINA 3210 Broadway 824-3005 URBAN TACO 290 E. Basse, #105 332-5149
LONGHORN CAFE 1003 Rittiman at Harry Wurzbach 822-7272
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 255 E. Basse 424-2014
ORDER UP 999 E. Basse 824-9600
FLORIO’S PIZZA 7701 Broadway 805-8646
CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC 1017 Austin Highway 822-2300 PAESANOS 555 E. Basse 828-5191 PIATTI 255 E. Basse 832-0300 SORRENTO 5146 Broadway 824-0055
TRE TRATTORIA 4003 Broadway 805-0333
CRUMPETS 3920 Harry Wurzbach 821-5454
FREDERICK’S 7701 Broadway 828-9050
ADELANTE 21 Brees Blvd. 822-7681
GRIMALDI’S PIZZA 330 E. Basse, #101 832-8288 VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA 5054 Broadway 828-3354
CANYON CAFE 255 E. Basse 225-0722
THE BARN DOOR 8400 N. New Braunfels 824-0116 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE 255 E. Basse 824-9463 RUTH'S CHRIS 7720 Jones Maltsberger 821-5051
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TRE TRATTORIA ITALIAN FOOD YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS By RON BECHTOL
The space that houses Tre Trattoria on Broadway could easily serve as a kind of chronicle of San Antonio culinary history, so many and varied have been its occupants over the years. (Who remembers Arthur’s, then Mary Martin’s Arthur’s, for example?) But if present success is any indication, historians may have to wait awhile for the next installment—unless chef/owner Jason Dady decides to investigate a new cuisine, that is. Meanwhile, take comfort in the golden beets made sweet by roasting, the challengingly chewy Tuscan faro salad, the made-in-house mozzarella in any of its creamy manifestations. House-cured meats such as the lean and lusty pastrami are outstanding; just a few slices will do nicely. And don’t shy away from pizza just because this is not a place featuring an Old World oven; Dady overcomes any presumed limitations with the “cast iron” griddled pizzas. They flaunt a crust so crisp it almost crackles and, in the case of the version with tomato, soppresetta and spicy pepperoncini, spunky flavors that are all the more appealing for being simple and straightforward. (For a fancier take, try the rendition with smoked mozzarella di bufala, corn, pancetta and basil.) With your pizza, also take advantage of wellpriced Italian wines by the quartino (a “glass and a half”); neither the Soave nor the Valpolicella is to be ignored. It has been a while since we’ve had Tre’s linguini and
TRE TRATTORIA IN ALAMO HEIGHTS
4003 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-0333 TRE TRATTORIA DOWNTOWN
401 S. Alamo, San Antonio Tx 78205 (210) 223-0401 www.tretrattoria.com
clams; in the past it was always a wake-up call reminding us that less is more. A recent serving of fettuccini with duck confit, corn and breadcrumbs featured good flavors but a less-convincing texture. We are always suckers for the pappardelle Bolognese — another instance of knowing just where to stop with a classic sauce. Could be that the cauliflower ravioli with Meyer lemon, green onion, golden raisins and bottarga (the salty dried roe of a mullet) is a bridge too far, but it’s on the bucket list for future investigation. Returning to things simple and satisfying, there’s nothing more comforting, when prepared with care, than a roasted chicken — free-range, in the case of Tre, and so moist and tender that it needs nothing more than a side of caramelized Brussels sprouts or some creamy parmigiano polenta to take advantage of any errant juices. Polenta is served with a fried egg to accompany braised pork shoulder in Monday’s family-style special. Wagyu meatballs occupy the spotlight on Friday. We do wish that chefs would get over Nutella — or at least retire it for a while. But if you have a hankering for hazelnut, Dady’s three-way Nutella is the one to have. We would more likely opt for a ricotta cake with mascarpone and a glass of vin santo to end an evening spent trying to remember the names of all those previous restaurants whose ghosts must surely survive in the walls around us. www.78209magazine.com | 29
! a t s e i F PUT THESE EVENTS ON YOUR CALENDAR By BONNY OSTERHAGE
“It’s Party Time in ‘09” may be the slogan of the popular Alamo Heights Night, but it could just as easily be the theme of the city of Alamo Heights as ‘09 residents bring their own special brand of fun to the Fiesta celebration. From April 10 to 27, the hip zip is home to events ranging from special art exhibits to fashion shows and even a parade that some might say has “gone to the dogs.” Make sure to mark a few of these on your calendar and enjoy some neighborhood Fiesta fun! The campus of the University of the Incar-
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nate Word is the place to be during Fiesta for both education and entertainment. First, on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m to 1:30 p.m., learn how to navigate the challenging, mysterious world of teenage girls during the annual “Growing-Up Female Workshop.” Presented by the San Antonio Alumnae Chapter of Delta Theta Sigma Sorority, this enriching and informative workshop is aimed at girls in grades 6 through 12, and features motivational speakers, engaging activities and plenty of “girl talk” that addresses topics relevant to the is-
sues facing today’s young women. Attendees of this free event will enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch, but the seating is limited. Pre-registration and parental consent are required to attend, and forms can be obtained at www.dstsanantonio.org. The following Friday, April 11, the campus is turned into the biggest block party in town with the 28th Annual Alamo Heights Night festivities. Sponsored by the Alamo Heights Rotary Club, this wildly popular event is always a night to remember. Guests can nosh on
delicious food from some of the city’s leading restaurants and caterers as they enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere that features multiple stages of live entertainment. A carnival-style midway offers the young (and young at heart) a way to enjoy all kinds of activities that include laser tag, rock climbing, face painting and much more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-17, and free for children under the age of 12. To learn more visit www.alamoheightsnight.org. Finally, the feather in the UIW Fiesta cap is the annual CuttingEdge Fiesta Fashion Show. Created and presented entirely by the UIW fashion design students, this production offers a glimpse of new talent in a NewYork-style runway show. This year’s show will take place on Wednesday, April 16, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel on Bowie Street. All proceeds from the event fund scholarships for UIW students in the fashion management program. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the fashion show at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. Admission is $75 per person. Tables can be purchased for $1,500, $1,000 and $750. UIW is not the only place to find Fiesta fun. Beginning April 17, the Witte Museum will present the Fairytale Fiesta Exhibition. This fantasy-inspired theme will feature Fiesta gowns inspired by fairy tales, myths and magic. Get up close and personal with these elaborate gowns worn by Fiesta royalty, including this year’s featured pin dress, the 1941 Queen of the Court of Legends. This gold lamé dress and train was worn by Margaret Walker and features the underwater kingdom of Atlantis complete with coral, starfish and seahorses created with coral velvet and rhinestones. This unique exhibit will run through Aug. 24, and admission is $7-$10. For more information visit www.wittemusuem.org. In addition to the Witte, the McNay Art Museum, in partnership with Fiesta San Antonio Commission, is currently showing the exhibition Robert Indiana: The Mother of Us All. This fascinating collection features both a selection of Robert Indiana’s cut-paper costume and scene designs and six felt costumes for The Mother of Us All, Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s pioneering American opera inspired by the life of Susan B. Anthony. It combines art, literature, music, history and politics and introduces an entirely new generation to this musical drama of women’s suffrage battles. The exhibition will remain at the McNay until May 25. Admission is $10$15. For more information visit www.mcnayart.org. The Alamo Heights Swimming Pool is your stop for the fourth annual “Evening in ‘09” sponsored by the Alamo Heights Optimist Club. Food, fun and live music from four-time Grammy winner Michael Morales and special guests The Zots are what you can expect to find at this family-friendly neighborhood bash. Rides, games, libations and more complete what is growing into one of the hottest nights in town. Gates open at 5 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.ahoptimist.com. Finally, if too much partying has left your dogs barkin’, kick back, relax and watch the 16th annual Fiesta Pooch Parade taking place on Saturday, April 26. Dogs (and owners too) will be wearing their Fiesta finery and winding their way from the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool through the tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights in a 3-mile route. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a Canine Costume Contest at 8:15 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 9:15 a.m. Obedience demonstrations, photo booths with free photos and plenty of dog information and products will be on site. The event is sponsored by Therapy Animals of San Antonio, and all proceeds from the parade will remain in the local area to support the organization’s programs. Dress up your dog, decorate your bikes and wagons, and come out to support a good cause and show your Fiesta spirit. Preregistration is $20 per one human and pooch, or $25 per family and all family dogs, and must be paid by April 19. Registration at the event is $25 and $30. Whether you are walking or watching, sitting or staying, this event promises to be a “howl” lot of fun! www.78209magazine.com | 31
POLICE BLOTTER POLICE BLOTTER 78209
ALAMO HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
ALAMO HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 03/02/14 4800 blk. Broadway A vehicle was damaged by breaking the windshield and dashboard when left overnight in a parking lot. The owner of the vehicle declined to prosecute anyone who may have been involved. THEFT 03/02/14 4700 blk. Broadway A resident of a retirement community reported that she left her purse at the table where she was sitting while making an inquiry regarding the meal. The purse was discovered missing when she returned a short time later. ASSAULT 03/01/14 6100 blk. Broadway Officers responded to a fight in progress between two male subjects. The subjects were located a short distance away and explained that they were friends and had a disagreement. Neither subject desired to prosecute the other. NARCOTICS VIOLATION 02/28/14 400 blk. Austin The driver of a vehicle being pursued by officers for a traffic violation abandoned the vehicle in a parking lot and fled on foot. The driver was located a short distance away and detained for further investigation. It was determined the driver had a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of numerous articles of narcotics paraphernalia. The driver was issued several citations, the paraphernalia seized and the vehicle impounded. THEFT 02/28/14 200 blk. Ellwood Two (2) bicycles were stolen from the front porch of an apartment where they were secured with a locking cable. Investigation revealed the locking cable was cut, allowing the bicycles to be stolen.
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PUBLIC INTOXICATION 02/27/14 4900 blk. Broadway Officers responded to a call for assistance from a cab driver reporting his passenger would not pay the bill. Officers located the cab and discovered the passenger was under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The passenger was relocated to a local university and turned over to campus police and university administrators after friends of the passenger paid the cab fare.
ARREST WARRANT 02/25/14 5200 blk. Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for speeding was found to have two (2) felony warrants issued for his arrest by the State of Nevada for drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Magistrate’s Office for disposition. ATTEMPTED THEFT 02/24/14 100 blk. Marcia Place A homeowner arrived home to see a male and female subject removing two (2) bicycles from her open garage area. The subjects attempted to ride the bicycles away but abandoned them when they discovered the tires were flat. Both subjects escaped on foot. DWI 02/23/14 7200 blk. Broadway The driver of a vehicle was stopped for driving without lights during hours of darkness and erratic driving, to include striking a curb. Investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The driver was transported to jail. BURGLARY SHED 02/23/14 200 blk. Montclair A resident reported that an unauthorized person entered his unlocked shed in the backyard and stole a compressor. NARCOTICS VIOLATION 02/22/14 200 blk. Viesca Patrol officers observed a vehicle containing two (2) young adults in the nature trails parking area after dark. Investigation revealed they had been smoking marijuana and were in possession of a quantity of marijuana and narcotics paraphernalia. One subject was arrested and the other released with a citation. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 02/21/14 100 blk. Claywell A resident reported damage to a front window of the residence. Closer inspection revealed the window had been damaged by a BB gun. THEFT 02/21/14 6000 blk. Broadway An employee returned to her office to find a stranger inside. The subject left the building before the employee real-
ized her wallet was missing from her work area. Several charges had been made on credit cards prior to notifying police. FORGERY 02/21/14 4600 Broadway Officer were called to a financial institution to investigate a suspicious bank transaction attempted by a subject in the lobby. Officers detained the subject for investigation and determined the person was fraudulently using his fatherâ€™s name to cash counter checks. The father was contacted and stated he wanted to file charges against the subject for stealing funds from his account on several occasions. The subject was transported to jail. DWI 02/20/14 6900 blk. Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for speeding was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The driver was transported to jail.
VEHICLE BURGLARY 02/18/14 200 blk. Lamont Two unlocked vehicles at separate addresses were unlawfully entered during the overnight hours. Both vehicles were rummaged through and property including a credit card was stolen from only one vehicle. The credit card had been used by an unauthorized person prior to the discovery of the vehicle burglary. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 02/18/14 200 blk. E Fair Oaks Two vehicles parked in a driveway had the rear windows broken out during the night by someone using a high-powered BB gun. SHOPLIFTING/WANTED PERSON 02/17/14 4800 blk. Broadway A male subject under arrest for shoplifting was found to have an active warrant for his arrest issued by Hays County for criminal trespass. The suspect was transported to jail.
THEFT 02/19/14 400 blk. Abiso A resident reported a chainsaw and other tools were stolen from a storage shed. The resident reported he allowed a contractor to use his shed to store some tools and then found his property missing. The contractor agreed to replace the tools but has not been heard from since.
DWI 02/16/14 5500 blk. Broadway An officer stopped a vehicle observed swerving and eventually striking a curb, deflating the tire and damaging the rim. Investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The driver was transported to jail.
THEFT/SHOPLIFTING 02/18/14 4800 blk. Broadway A male subject arrested for stealing cheese was also found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The subject was issued a citation for the theft and transported to a detoxification facility for treatment.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 02/16/14 5900 blk. Broadway An officer on patrol observed graffiti sprayed on a business window with red paint. The remainder of the building and surrounding area was checked but no suspects or additional graffiti were found.
EVADING ARREST 02/18/14 5400 blk. Broadway A male subject stopped for a traffic violation fled as the officer approached the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was found abandoned a short distance away and the male subject captured after a long foot pursuit by officers who had set up a quadrant. The subject was booked into jail on felony charges.
ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE 02/14/14 5300 blk. Broadway A female suspect became enraged upon seeing her live-in boyfriend kissing another woman, attempted to strike them with her automobile. The vehicle struck a building, preventing the couple from being struck. Officers from the Alamo Colleges Police Department observed the incident and pulled their vehicle behind the suspect vehicle only to have it struck when the female suspect attempted to back up. The female suspect then got out of the vehicle and physically assaulted the boyfriend before officers could intervene. The female suspect was transported to jail.
VEHICLE BURGLARY 02/18/14 100 blk. Katherine A locked vehicle was unlawfully entered during overnight hours by unknown means allowing access to miscellaneous personal property, cash and a credit card, which were left inside the vehicle. CREDIT CARD ABUSE 02/18/14 4600 blk. Broadway A person living in North Carolina reported that her credit card had been used by an unauthorized person to withdraw over $700 in two separate ATM transactions. The victim thinks her credit card was skimmed while on a vacation in Mexico recently.
VEHICLE THEFT 02/14/14 5700 blk. N New Braunfels A resident reported that her vehicle was stolen from her driveway between 8:30am and 9:30am. The resident suspects a former boyfriend who was at her residence arguing with her prior to the theft being discovered. The former boyfriend has keys to the vehicle.
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Photo courtesy Alamo Heights Independent School District
Alamo Heights kinder and first grade students re-enact the Tom Thumb wedding.
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