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Contents AUGUST 2017 | The Education Issue



Monthly | Departments

Around the Bend 18 Style 20 Currents 22 Conversation 24 5 Best 26 Giving Back

Students Who Shine

Destinations 30 Quick Trip 32 Local Discovery

Health 44 Dental Profiles 54 Be Well 56 Fitness

Home & Garden 60 Open House 62 Spaces 66 Gardening

Out & About


70 Arts & Culture 72 Celebration 74 Date Book 78 Social Hour A Family of Strangers


Home-made Ice Cream

Cuisine 85 Farm to Table 89 Dining Guide 90 The Drink 94 The Dish


98 Looking Back

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CONTRIBUTORS: Justin & Kayla Butts Jo Anne Howell

CONNECT WITH US @ @thebendmag on Instagram and Twitter #CBLife Corrections: On pg. 43 of our "Local's List" feature (July 2017), we misstated Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge's name. On pg. 48 we incorrectly stated that Tula Blue uses leather in her products. Each of her products are made with hand-spun rope. Sorry about that!

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With this month’s issue being dedicated toThis themonth’s locals, we wanted to showcase one issue features some of the ofCoastal our winners the cover. While there Bend’sonbrightest students. For our were numerous categories to we choose from, Students Who Shine feature, picked we went with the Favorite Pizza, eight scholars toLocal’s show off to our communiMesquite St. Pizza and Pasta Company ty! Our cover girl, Jocelyn Castillo, a now eighth grader at Metrolove Prepa Middle School, (because who doesn’t good lookin’ really caught ourphotographer, attention! From her colorful pizza). Our lead Rachel Benapersonality to her smile, is one vides, did what shebeautiful does best andshe brought outstanding to life—it looks so their Margherita good you can almost taste it.


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Gynecomastia Many men have an enlargement of breast tissue that is bothersome to them. A large percentage of men develop it as a part of the physical changes that occur during aging. It can also occur during puberty as a result of hormonal changes as well as certain supplements, drugs and steroid use. There are some medications that can help, but the results aren’t very predictable and the medications are not FDA approved. Surgical treatment offers a reliable way to restore the normal appearance of the chest so that self confidence is regained, which can be especially important for young men. Treatment usually involves liposuction and direct excision of the gland beneath the nipples. The incision is small and usually not noticeable, and results can be dramatic and quickly seen. The downtime from this procedure is usually two to five days. Being at a healthy weight is key for successful results before and after gynecomastia surgery. Significant weight changes after liposculpture can affect the outcome of your surgery. After you decide you want plastic surgery, the next step is to pick your surgeon. It is very important to make sure your surgeon is well trained, has completed his/her residency, and is board certified. In plastic surgery, a membership in the American Board of Plastic Surgery confirms that your surgeon has successfully completed residency, passed their board exams, and follow the high ethical and professional standards set by the organization. Not all are board certified. It is also important to make sure that you have a good rapport with your plastic surgeon and his/her office staff.

Dr. Vijay Bindingnavele At The Corpus Christi Institute of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vijay Bindingnavele, MD, FACS, who is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, we put the patient first and strive to provide the best care with the highest standards and the latest proven technologies at the best value. Dr. VJ, as he is known by many of his patients, has been performing these procedures in Corpus Christi for the past nine years. Dr. Vijay is a military veteran, from the United States Air Force, and is an active member of the Corpus Christi Community. Our Licensed Aesthetican Ashley Wendt provides free skincare consultations and has been working in the Medical Aesthetics field for over a decade.

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August | Staff Note

Sculpture by Will Pressley Studio C Gallery, located within the Art Center of Corpus Christi, houses a variety of high quality, original artwork for your home or office, as well as, fine gifts and wearable art created by well respected Texas artists.

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I’ve always loved the bayfront views! I love all the palm trees and the gulf. I’ve driven down Ocean Drive thousands of times but it just never gets old!

I think some of my first steps were taken in the sand and that being said, my favorite thing about the Coastal Bend is the beach. Something about the coastal life is so special to me, from the humidity in the air to the easy, laid-back feeling of day-to-day life.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU HERE AT THE BEND MAGAZINE? Being an intern, no day is really typical. I focus mainly on social media and helping plan events, but I’m usually just helping out wherever I’m needed; whether that means organizing the datebook or running around taking pictures for social media, I get to learn something new everyday! WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

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I hope to have a career in Public Relations. After graduation I’m considering attending grad school to get a master’s degree in Strategic Communication to someday work in PR for a business or organization.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU HERE AT THE BEND MAGAZINE? First thing in the morning, I like to check out different southern and coastal magazines to see what they’re writing about, and use that as a springboard for my own projects. I spend most of the day brainstorming, writing articles, or checking grammar, and while that doesn’t exactly sound like everyone’s cup of tea, I wouldn’t have it any other way! WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? Whatever the good Lord has planned! I hope to work for a magazine such as Texas Monthly or National Geographic once I graduate. To write, travel, and be able to help people for a living is basically my dream.

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Confessions of a Millennial

ast November I experienced somewhat of an awkward moment. I was sitting in the middle of a workshop at a publishing conference and someone brought up the subject of hiring millennials. I was the only person at the table who fit into that category. I’m not sure if the others at the table did not realize it or if they just didn’t care—either way a few of the other publishers started going on and on about how they hated to hire millennials because of how lazy and entitled they all were. It wasn’t the first time I had heard the negative connotation associated with those of us born somewhere around the early 1980’s to 2000. Personally, I believe every generation has it’s share of lazy and entitled people, and maybe those publishers happened to hire some, but I highly doubt it is true of every millennial out there. However, I have a confession to make. There was a time, not long ago, when I thought I knew a lot more than I actually did. It wasn’t that I had a big ego, I just had a lot of passion and dreams for the future. If it wasn’t for a few mentors in my life, who helped me understand what it takes to achieve those dreams and educated me along the way, I don’t believe I would have ever achieved them. A few months back, we asked our readers to nominate some outstanding students in the Coastal Bend for our second annual Students Who Shine feature. We were limited to eight students and it was difficult trying to decide who to feature. The students you will meet on pg. 34 in this month’s issue are all bright, talented, hard working, and generous. They not only represent a large group of students in the region who share the same qualities, but they give us hope for the next generation of community leaders. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Resendez this month who has an incredible story you can read more about on pg. 22. One of the things he attributes to his success is a few people in the community who took time to invest in him. It reminds me of how important it is for one generation to pass on wisdom and knowledge to the next. I think it is important for local businesses to offer jobs, internships, and mentoring to the next generation. It’s something we strive to do at The Bend, because it is amazing what can happen when you combine the vision of the next generation with the knowledge and experience of the present.

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When you work in a fast paced environment with constant deadlines, you learn to be flexible. Our original idea for this month's Style section had to be moved to another month, but thanks to Jarred Schuetze and Kylie Kinnett, we were able to pull off a really great style spread. They both worked together to create the concept, find the bags, and organize the shoot in just a few hours. Jarred did a great job designing the spread as well.

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The smell of suntan lotion is still ever so prominent in the summer air and Hurricane Alley Waterpark’s season extends well into September. If you’re looking to experience the water park in a more luxurious fashion, the Cabana area will definitely suit your needs. The Cabana area is an upgraded service Hurricane Alley provides to its guests that offers them a more resort atmosphere. With a country club feel, the cabanas offer top-of-the-line service to each of its guests in order to provide them with an unforgettable day of fun in the sun. Each cabana comes equip with a shaded and private lounging area, a refrigerator stocked with water, access to cabana-only tubes, flat-screen TVs and a lock box for you to store your items without having to purchase a locker.

Additionally, each cabana comes with your very own attendants who will get you food and drinks from their menu and help you with all your cabana needs! The area also has a concierge on deck, ready to help you find other fun things to do in the Corpus Christi area. When you spend a day at a waterpark, most times, it is only for a few hours. However, with the Cabanas, each visitor is able to take in the whole environment of the park and still have a private place to escape to in order to take a break before hitting the slides for round two. There are ten cabanas available to choose from, ranging from small (which fits 6 people) to large (which fits 20 people). Wanting a bigger party? Hurricane Alley will combine the cabanas in order to fit a party up to 150 people in order to host your special event! This feature to the park really goes above and beyond in order to provide their guests with a sense of home. With the cabanas, you are able to go out and experience the park with the rest of the guests, and then pull back and relax for a more intimate ambience.

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What’s Inside Who said being healthy couldn’t taste good? These 5 best juice bars have numerous options to help you get your daily serving’s worth of fruits and veggies all pressed into one bottle!

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Around the Bend | Style


By: Jarred Schuetze Photos: Rachel Benavides Handbags: Julian Gold Location: Art Museum of South Texas For a mere accessory, the handbag has a strong identity. It can be practical, luxurious, mass-produced, or handcrafted. Whether fashionable or functional, the everyday handbag is something you use on a consistent basis. Don’t let the repetition bore you — yes, the bag has to go with everything, but make it a statement. Let this bag be the one you invest in. Go for luxury. Look for a bag made by a notable designer or brand, but avoid the impulse to settle for basic “it-girl” bags like the ones on the arm of every posh girl in the city. Look for handbags that feature design elements such as high-quality leather, jewelry-quality straps, and powerful shapes. You want your bag to be durable, timeless, and bold.

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A. Floral Print Wristlet - TORY BURCH $195 B. Dusty Rose Shoulder Bag - SARAH WHITE $595 C. Sunflower Crossbody Bag - PROENZA SCHOULER $1,250

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Around the Bend | Currents

Currents By: Jarred Schuetze

Chopsticks at the Ready New restaurant coming to Corpus Christi, Mikoto Ramen Bar, aims to introduce the art of Japanese cuisine to the United States. They specialize in Ramen - a Japanese soul food which has been taking America by storm. This Japanese dish is served with noodles in a pork or chicken based white broth ‘paitan,’ accompanied by a variety of additional toppings. Want more than just ramen? Mikoto also offers a delicious array of authentic dishes, such as teishoku, sushi rolls, and sashimi. Also, Mikoto Ramen Bar is one of the only places in the Coastal Bend that offers all-you-can-eat sushi.

Stop! Camera Time Corpus Christi Camera is a brand new retail photo store located in the Promenade Shopping Center at Airline and McArdle. The store is owned and operated by Charlie Harper, a photographer, and his wife Karen Harper, a writer. Corpus Christi Camera is an authorized dealer for Canon, Sony, Fuji, ProMaster, Impossible Project, Peak Design, Tamron, Sigma, Manfrotto, and more. The store also offers rental gear, studio rentals, photo printing, archiving services, and classes. Open Monday - Friday 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM. 1220 Airline Rd. #135

Escape or Expire Sixty minutes to escape a locked room by using intellect, reason, and teamwork – do you have what it takes? The Great Escape is the latest escape room to arrive in Corpus Christi and features two different escape scenarios, The Asylum and The Heist. Escape rooms are interactive adventures perfect for team-building, group-bonding, or having fun with friends. Put your skills to the test while working together to solve puzzles, think critically, and find a way to escape before time runs out. 20 The Bend

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Around the Bend | Person of Interest

Conversation with

Dave Resendez From homeless to hometown hero, Apollo Towing owner, Dave Resendez, is saving lives. By: Jordan Regas Photo: Rachel Benavides

Tell us a little about your background. We moved to Corpus Christi from California when I was six. We lived in Flour Bluff and my parents had some challenges. I was probably about 13 or 14 years old when I went out on my own. I met my best friend, who I refer to as my brother, Ray. Then I dropped out of school. I made it to the 9th grade, but I actually failed the 8th. I think they just wanted me out of there, I was kind of a hell raiser. So, we left there and I put Ray through high school. We used to mow yards and and clean up cars. We opened up a place called The Detail Shop and detailed cars for about 15 years.

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You mentioned you went out on your own. Were you ever homeless? I lived in a van for a while, I was probably about 14 or 15. It was out in the Bluff at a mechanic shop. Some guy had a van that was there and I paid him about ten bucks a week to live there. They had a shower in the garage I would use. Right after my parents got divorced, my mom got a mobile home. Two days later it burnt to the ground, so I went back to living in my car. My brother Ray was living in a trailer right behind ours, and when he found out about me living in my car, the four of us all ended up living in a one bedroom apartment for about a year.

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When did you decide to start Apollo Towing? About 20 years ago, my brother Johnny would keep leaving magazines on my desk, wanting to go into the wrecker business. We found out how expensive a tow truck was, and I wouldn’t do it. Then one day I called this guy, and we worked out a deal that saved us thousands of dollars on a tow truck. I then was on my way to Alabama to pick up a tow truck. All my buddies were calling and telling me I had lost my mind, but here we are today. I think we are the largest in South Texas now. My brother Ray and I have been through a lot of battles, but we never gave up. I think the best thing about it was, we were able to take care of our parents in the end. We recently lost Ray’s parents, but mine are still living and we take care of mine now. You are involved with a number of great causes, but is there one that stands out to you? The No Excuses Program, where we provide a free tow to anyone who is out during the holidays and feels like they were over served, has been the best deal we have done. I like them all, but that is the one I am glad we can do and a lot of people use it. Over the last twenty years, I have had to deal with the other side of the DWI’s. I have seen family members walk into my office to see what is left of the vehicle. The worst accident I have seen in my career was over on Park Rd. 21 in Port Aransas. I will never forget, this girl was graduating that night and she was coming back from her grandmother's after picking up her dress. A drunk driver was heading to Port Aransas and they had a head on collision. They hit so hard the pedals of the Honda Accord went into the girl's abdomen. When we rolled on to the scene, you could see graduation cards blowing around. How else do you battle against drunk driving in the Coastal Bend? Shattered Dreams is probably one of the coolest events I have ever seen done at a school. It’s all about drunk driving. They will go to a school and, usually with the theater department, will put cars outside and will stage a car accident. Driscoll Children's Hospital is involved as well. It is the best staged deal I have ever seen in my entire life…I have yet to leave one without seeing some students crying. It is the real deal, they will use the jaws of life to cut open the cars. It is without a doubt like a real accident scene we have rolled up on. What advice would you give to other local businesses looking to make an impact in the community? To me, just ask. You just ask and you will find something. Just ask, how can I get involved? Because if you are having a problem with the vision, then you need to ask. I saw the problem as far as what my industry can do. There is the chamber, the Corpus Christi business association. If you don’t know, just ask.

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Around the Bend | 5 Best

Best Did You Know?

Juice Bars When life gives you lemons, make cold-pressed, energizing go-go juice. If you’re an avid juicer, a curious beginner, an occasional cleanser, or just want to sip a tasty drink, these top five places for juice prove that being healthy has never tasted so good. By: Alexis Mays Photo: Samantha Lundstedt


The VINE Juice Company

A dedicated juice bar called The VINE Juice Company is where you’ll find many things like a daily serving’s worth of vegetables and fruits that are pressed into seven different juices. However, some things you won’t find at The VINE? Their products are gluten-free, dairy-free, and contain no added sugar. We recommend the WHATAMELON (watermelon, mint, and lime) or the Hot Tamale (jalapeno, red bell, yellow bell, and apple). The VINE Juice Company | 5704 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 | (361) 452-0112


Sweet Life Juicery

Sweet Life Juicery uses many local ingredients to create one-of-a-kind flavors. The After Midnight, for example, contains coconut activated charcoal, ginger, Himalayan Sea Salt, and more. The best part about Sweet Life Juicery is its availability. Pick up a few bottles at the Downtown or Padre Island Farmer’s Markets, Urbana Market + Deli (address below), Coffee Waves in Corpus Christi, or call for free home delivery. Sweet Life Juicery | 424 N Chaparral St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 | 205-588-9975


Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market

Eleanor’s may have coffee in their name, but there’s plenty of juice inside. Seven hydraulic-pressed juices are always on the menu, with several selections that rotate seasonally. A fun, local touch is

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that Eleanor’s juices are named after streets and neighborhoods in Corpus Christi. Head to Eleanor’s on Alameda Street, and try the Lamar Park, a green machine that’s made sweet with lemon and ginger. Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market | (361) 452-1018 | 4231 S Alameda St, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


Raw Bar

The next time you’re reaching for an energy drink, stop. Raw Bar has you covered with an energizing juice called the Awaken, which is made with celery, beets, carrots, cucumber, mint, green apple, lemon, and pineapple. They have three signature juices that contain no less than five different fruits and veggies that will give you natural energy thanks to the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients packed in every bottle. Raw Bar | (361) 442-2847 | 1756 Santa Fe St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404


Matcha Konomi

Variety is the spice of life, and spices might just be one of the ingredients in the juices at Matcha Konomi. Every morning, they get their creative juices flowing to make a new daily juice. Their healthy mashups often have creative twists for a unique drink experience. A recent drink was made with apples, carrot, cucumber, lime, and then shaken with fresh dark cherries. Matcha Konomi | (361) 903-0688 | 3512 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

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The history of juicing fruits and vegetables has deep roots. Dead sea scrolls from 150 B.C. describe a drink made from pounded pomegranate and fig, making early man quite the trendsetter. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s it started to take off, and since the 1990s, juicing has been the main squeeze of many health fanatics. Not all juice are created equal though. The difference between grocery store fruit juice and juicing is apples to oranges. While store juice is mostly sugar, juicing is chockfull of nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, which you can find in a tall glass of real juice. Juicing also allows the body to directly absorb key nutrients because it doesn’t have the fiber otherwise consumed when eating whole produce. Plus, juicing creates spectacularly delicious drinks!

















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Around the Bend | Giving Back

A Night in Vegas A Night in Vegas on Saturday, August 26th at the American Bank Center, will benefit Charlie’s Place Recovery Center programs. The event includes casino games, live entertainment, a silent auction, and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. For tickets or sponsorships, contact Nancy Gaugler at (361) 826-5371.

It’s Never Too Late Charlie’s Place Recovery Center – Treatment for Substance Use Abuse By: Nancy Zuniga and Anonymous Contributor Photos: Rachel Benavides


harlie’s Place opened its doors in 1965 as a refuge for men seeking healing from alcohol addiction. Charlie Acklen, for whom the center is named, showed endless compassion for those in his care. He himself was in recovery, and understood the disastrous effects of alcoholism. Today, Charlie’s Place Recovery Center serves adults 18 years and older who seek treatment for substance abuse. The center’s staff includes physicians, nurses, licensed counselors, and recovery coaches. Charlie’s Place offers several recovery programs, including Detox – a medically supervised program designed to safely eliminate the body of physical dependence – to Recovery Support Services – providing longterm accountability, advocacy, and encouragement. In 2016, for the first time in the Center’s history, the primary drug of choice for patients seen at Charlie’s Place was heroin. According to preliminary data compiled by the New York Times, in 2016, roughly 59,000 people died of a drug overdose, making it the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.

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The following is an excerpt of a testimonial from a person in recovery: I am in recovery from addiction to alcohol and heroin. Addiction to alcohol has been a part of my family as long as I can remember. In the early 80’s, I used cocaine and alcohol on weekends with friends. A weekend only affair very quickly turned into a full-blown addiction. I relocated from Austin to California. I naively thought a geographical change would be the answer. Instead, my addiction took on a whole different phase. In a weak, drunken moment, I was introduced to heroin by a friend. It changed the course of my life. In a short 3 weeks, I was hopelessly addicted. I was sent to a recovery location in Napa Valley. I stayed 34 days. Within two weeks of release, I was using harder than ever. I lost everything. Back home, there were numerous stays at Charlie’s Place, but I could not get clean. I remember my “bottom” like it was yesterday. I was in an apartment: no electricity, a mattress, a candle, and a dull needle. I was so ashamed; words cannot explain. I had numerous “overdoses” and hospitalizations from

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both heroin and alcohol poisoning. The last time I was in Charlie’s Place a very wise man, Walter, told me straight up, “We love you, but this is going to be your last time here. You know what to do. We have taught you everything we know about recovery. It’s up to you.” Four years later I have not put a drug or drink in my body. I have a job I love, and all the benefits of Recovery. My family is back in my life, something I never thought possible. Without the strong words from Walter, I never would have made it out of the nightmare my life had become. Charlie’s Place has many success stories; however, the stark reality is that many people won’t seek treatment in time. If you know someone who needs a new start, call Charlie’s Place at (361) 826-5350. It’s never too late to help the ones you love.

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Destinations AUGUST 2017


What’s Inside Tyler, Texas has plenty of sights to see and roses to smell. Plan your next adventure and head to the Caldwell Zoo to see one of their 2,000 animals or to Lago del Pino for a drink paired with a breathtaking view.

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Destinations | Quick Trip

Ticket to Tyler The Rose Capitol of America By: Jarred Schuetze Photos: Courtesy of The City of Tyler

The commonly used phrase “stop and smell the roses” has never been more appropriate to use than when passing through Tyler. Go out and explore the magnificent nature while admiring the fascinating culture of this East Texas town.

Where to Stay: Memory Lane Inn– The Inn is an early 1900s grand estate in the historic and posh downtown Brick Street District. The Inn is embellished with romantic textiles, charming paintings, classic antiquities, and imported stained glass doors. Choose from four elegant suites, all featuring private baths. Find peace hearing the serenity of flowing waterfalls and the splashing of koi fish while sipping your morning coffee on one of the shaded patios.

Where to Eat: Bernard’s Mediterranean Restaurant – The family-owned and operated upscale dining establishment, Bernard’s Mediterranean Restaurant, promotes an extraordinary take on classic cultural dishes. Guests can

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expect an array of flavors from France, Spain, and Italy presented in a fresh, modern fashion. At Bernard’s, exceptional fine-dining in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere is guaranteed. Be sure to stop by the wine bar to discover the perfect pairings for your meal.

Where to Drink: Lago del Pino – Lago del Pino is a breathtaking venue which was inspired by a life of traveling the world. The venue is nestled alongside a picturesque 40-acre private lake on the west side of Tyler and boasts extraordinary dining, world-class cocktails, and live local music. Grab a table inside while enjoying the views from the second floor or venture out to the lakeside patio where numerous lounge areas and tables are waiting for you. There is no place more perfect to enjoy a day or night of relaxed drinking and good conversation.

Where to Relax: Tyler Rose Garden – If you love the sweet smell of roses and want to learn about the rich history of the Tyler Rose Parade, visit the 14 acre Tyler Rose Garden. Enjoy a leisure stroll through the rose center exhibits then head outside to walk the vast aisles of over 35,000 gorgeous rose bushes of endless colors. It’s simply the most beautifully relaxing activity to do while in Tyler. The Rose Garden is free to the public and is open from dusk ‘til dawn. [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

Where to Explore: Caldwell Zoo – The Caldwell Zoo began from humble beginnings as a menagerie of squirrels and parrots and has since evolved into an 85-acre regionally-acclaimed zoo, containing more than 2,000 animals representing 250 species from East Africa, North America, and South America. Explore beautiful habitats and learn about many of the world’s most fascinating animals. The Caldwell Zoo opens daily and has seasonal presentations and interactions such as bird shows and giraffe feedings.

Where to Shop: Ye Olde City Antique Mall – Who knew mere minutes away from downtown Tyler, sits a gateway to a surplus of old world charm. Take some time to enjoy the nostalgia of days past with a captivating visit to the completely restored Ye Olde City Antique Mall. Your shopping experience will be shaped by the friendliness of the staff and warmth of the atmosphere. With different surprises lurking around every corner, I challenge you to not fall in love with this unique antique shop.

Fun Facts

1. One-third of all commercial-

ly-grown rose bushes in America are produced in a 50-mile radius around Tyler.

2. The Tyler Skateplex has one

of the largest skating floors in the nation.


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Destinations | Local Discovery

A Day at the Seawall From the glittering waters of the Corpus Christi Bay to the magnificent views of the Lexington, there’s plenty to do and see on the Seawall! By: Haylee Uptergrove Photos: Rachel Benavides


t seems like there’s always something going on along the 1.5 mile waterfront that is the Corpus Christi Seawall. A permanent fixture of the downtown landscape, locals and visitors alike can spend a day as close to the bay as possible by biking, jogging, sightseeing, or simply soaking in the rays as the saltwater breeze blows gently across the emerald waters. To start the day off bright and early, catch a sunrise on the bay. Geographically, Corpus Christi is perfectly positioned for some of the best views of the sunrise on the Gulf Coast. Pick a spot at any one of the white benches situated along the Seawall to catch a glimpse of the morning rays breaking over the bay, then lace up your tennis shoes and get your heart pumping. While it gets pretty toasty in the afternoon out on the Seawall, the early morning hours offer the perfect time to go for a run, pull out your bike, or

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simply take a peaceful walk for your early morning exercise. If you are wanting to ride down the Seawall, but don’t have a bike to do so, have no fear! Bike Corpus Christi: Bike Share is a great service that will provide you with a “cruiser” to make your way down the wall. With several locations along the Seawall, you can’t miss them. If you’re still looking for a way to spend your morning hours, Fun Time Rentals—a fixture along the Seawall since 1994—offers a daily morning dolphin sightseeing tour around the bay. From 9 AM to 10:30, spend your morning making some new bottlenose buddies. In the afternoon, keep cool in the summer heat by spending your day on McGee Beach, located right off the Seawall in Downtown Corpus. While most of the beaches around the Coastal Bend offer pretty solid waves for the local surfing crowd, McGee Beach is a chill escape for those looking to simply

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History of the Seawall After two devastating hurricanes in 1916 and 1919, the mayor of Corpus Christi proposed creating a seawall to better protect the city from the fury of the Gulf during hurricane season. After years of planning, construction on the Seawall began in 1938 and finished in 1941, extending the city two blocks into the bay and creating the familiar landscape of downtown Corpus Christi that many know and love today.

relax, or teach little kiddies to swim. The calm waters lapping gently against the seaweed-free sand is perfect for those looking for a tranquil day by the bay. If you’re seeking an afternoon with a little more excitement in it, Fun Time Rentals has you covered. Offering a variety of rentals for an adventurous day on the water, you have your choice from jet skis and paddle boats to kayaks and canoes, or you can book a trip around the bay on a speed boat. Finally, spend your evening on the Seawall by relaxing in one of the gazebos. As the sun sets on the Corpus Christi Bay, the best views (and photo ops) can be found from one of the eight Miradores del Mar along the Seawall. Literally meaning “Overlooks by the Sea”, these gorgeous gazebos are made to mirror similar structures found in Spain and Morocco. Of course, the biggest of these is the La Mirador del Flor, a memorial dedicated to the late Tejano music queen, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. As a bonus, despite the fact that the lights of downtown might make it a little hard to see the stars at night, you can make your way through our planets in the Voyage: Journey Through Our Solar System exhibit. Running parallel to North Shoreline Boulevard, this one-to-10billion scale model consists of 13 stations representing planets and other objects in the solar system. Perfect for astronomy buffs and amateur stargazers alike. No matter what kind of day you’re looking for—relaxed and laid back, or adventurous and educational—there’s plenty to do along the Corpus Christi Seawall!

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Eight of the Coastal Bend's Brightest Students

All photos shot on location at La Palmera, the official back-to-school headquarters for the Coastal Bend. Our thanks to the participating La Palmera merchants for the great back-to-school looks, the talented team of stylists at Regis (Jessy, Emilia and Iris) as well as MAC Cosmetics at La Palmera for donating their services to

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When you’re in elementary school, you have wide eyes and an open mind to what your world will shape in to. When you’re in middle school, you begin to understand the importance of good grades and education. When you’re in high school, you feel as if you’re on top of the world and ready to take on anything. When you finally reach college, you begin to wonder what the rest of your life will look like. An education is something we should never take for granted, and these eight students know that to be true. From a young painting apprentice, to a student body president, these students are putting their best foot forward in all they do. The Coastal Bend is filled with smart, passionate, and talented students who have acquired many skills. They have dreams to become professional athletes and veterinarians. They have hopes of spreading kindness to others and building a better future for their community. They have goals set high and are constantly aiming to better themselves. They are helping the Coastal Bend shine a little bit brighter. [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]


Madeleine is ready for life in the fast lane with this flattering black and white ensemble — jacket, pants, top, and classy coordinating heels — all from Express.

Madeleine Maltais could be best described by the phrase triple threat. She is a member of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville track team, she has a 4.0 GPA, and she is actively involved in her community. She is an ambitious girl who takes every opportunity and makes the best of it! “I am not afraid of hard work and sacrifice,” Madeleine says in regards to what it takes to achieve your goals. She is currently in her sophomore year of college and is majoring in Civil Engineering. Her dreams after graduation include helping her community by designing and implementing quality structures for the future. Her passion of caring for others has helped her in her efforts to help those less fortunate. She does this by volunteering her time to various food drives and even started her own last year, where she was able to help donate 1,863 meals to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. Madeleine usually spends her days working hard in school and working out hard in track, but she also loves to sing and dance! Rolling the windows down and jamming out is one of her favorite pastimes (and stress relievers). Madeleine might have a couple of years left in school, but she is not wasting any time in creating a better future for herself and those around her.

MADELEINE’S THREE KEYS TO SUCCESS: Vision, focus, and faith

Justin is a class act with a look to match including a blue blazer, jeans, shirt and belt from Express.

JUSTIN’S THREE KEYS TO SUCCESS: Determination, passion, and a heart for success

Millennials might have a slightly negative connotation attached to them, but Justin Bustos is determined to prove the world wrong. Justin, now a junior at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, uses passion to push him forward in all he does, and as the Student Body President, he is doing a lot. “No matter what organization or component of my life I am involved in, I make sure to give it my all,” he says. “I want to make it known to my peers that my heart yearns for what I am doing.” With that attitude, it is no wonder Justin has been able to achieve so much. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and plans on applying to the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Development Program. This program will help him in obtaining his ultimate goal of owning and operating his own Chick-Fil-A in the future. Some of his favorite accomplishments include, becoming an Eagle Scout and the S. Truett Cathy Remarkable Future Scholarship, which is only awarded to 25 Chick-Fil-A team members! Other than taking steps to better the environment around him, Justin likes to slow down and take time for himself. He does this by playing the drums in his church’s worship band, spending time with his lovely girlfriend, and taking camping trips. One thing Justin doesn’t take for granted? His education. “No matter what I am learning or if I will use it in my future, I enjoy getting to learn new things and expand my experiences through education,” he says. We should all take a page out of Justin’s book and put forth passion and dedication in everything we do…he just might be on to something.

Christian’s look is major league with this comfortable teal polo from Buckle and classic khakis and belt from JCPenney.

CHRISTIAN’S THREE KEYS TO SUCCESS: Faith, perseverance, and humility

Christian Martinez is one of three siblings in his family, and by one of three, we mean triplets! You can tell he has a heart for others immediately upon meeting him. Christian just finished the eighth grade at Grant Middle School and Carroll High School sure has a star headed their way. He was chosen as the Athlete of the Year and remained on A-Honor Roll the entire three years of middle school. Baseball is his main event and he showcased his skills while playing for two different national baseball teams which he was chosen to be on. While playing ball might be what keeps Christian

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occupied, he is no stranger to the books. His mom smiles as she says, “he has a God given talent, but he is also book smart.” Christian has hopes to become a chemical engineer when he gets older and if he stays the same course, we have no doubt he will accomplish this goal! When it comes to helping his community, there is no shortage of good deeds. Christian is a regular alter server at his church and also volunteers at the Mother Teresa Shelter in his spare time. “Helping those in need, being kind to others, and staying humble in every situation,” are the traits he has learned from his role models, which are his parents. Between hitting home runs and studying hard, Christian is one of the Coastal Bend’s brightest stars.


“That’s my Hannah…she’s a comedian,” is one of the first things Hannah’s mother says in regards to her daughter. Meanwhile, Hannah Crawley sits in a spinning chair, twirling herself around over and over. Hannah’s comedic gifts are put to good use at her school’s talent show every year. As a recent fifth grade graduate at Dr. J.A. Garcia Elementary, Hannah’s resume far exceeds that of most twelve year olds. From A/B Honor Roll and perfect attendance, to her Girl Scout Bronze Award and her remarkable art skills, Hannah was a shoe-in for one of our Students Who Shine. She loves to paint and has won multiple awards for her masterpieces. “Art is really important to me,” Hannah says, “you get to express your creativity and share it with others.” One of her favorite recognitions is winning the National PTA Reflections Theme contest. She submitted the theme of “Heroes Around Me,” and now every PTA in the nation will use this theme in order to create artwork. When asked what word best describes her, Hannah says kind, and it is very apparent as to why. Her heart is filled with passion to help others and she puts that very passion into her work with Operation Homefront, which helps military families in need. She believes that working hard and believing in yourself are important characteristics to have while in school. Although it may seem like Hannah’s days are filled with community service and creating artwork for school, one of her favorite things to do is play with her dog Buddy and make new friends. Hannah Crawley is a twelve year old superstar and is making strides not only for her future, but the future of her community as well.

Hannah is picture perfect in a classic pink polo and khaki skirt, topped off with a jean jacket and stylish shoes from The Children’s Place — plus a backpack from Journeys, perfect for carrying all her prize-winning artwork.

HANNAH’S THREE KEYS TO SUCCESS: Hard work, positive thinking, and being respectful

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On the field and in the classroom, Logan is always ready to roll. Here he sports a burgundy polo and navy pants from The Children’s Place complemented by a backpack from Journeys

With a smile from ear to ear, Logan Langenkamp nervously shook hands with each person in the room. This little eight year old’s personality doubles as a ray of sunshine wherever he goes. Logan just finished the second grade at Wood River Elementary and there is not a single teacher there who would have something bad to say about him. He even won the Student of Character Award this past year which explains why all his teachers love him! When he isn’t working hard in school to maintain his A Honor Roll, you can find him playing baseball with his coach-pitch team, with whom he won the Coach Pitch National All-star Championship. When asked what education means to him, Logan says, “I think it is needed to learn and meet new friends,” and we couldn’t agree more! Logan’s parents are most proud of his character. His constantly smiling face and kindness for others is what sets him apart from others. “Some of his closest friends are the children who get ignored on the playground,” Logan’s mother says. It takes a lot for a young boy to have such a big heart, but Logan makes it look easy. His dream is to be either a professional baseball player or an artist when he grows up, and with his talent and dedication, we are sure he will have no trouble achieving those dreams.

LOGAN’S THREE KEYS TO SUCCESS: Staying focused, getting your job done well, and working hard

When first meeting Joshua he was very quiet, respectful. However, once he got in front of the camera, his demeanor changed immediately—he definitely is a natural when it comes to modeling, maybe he should reconsider his career path! Joshua is going into his senior year at Roy Miller High School and teachers and coaches alike probably will weep once he walks the stage. Not only is he their star quarterback and catcher for the baseball team, but Joshua also is number eight in his entire class, with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He is putting that ‘dumb jock’ stereotype to shame with his all-star transcript! Joshua says the one word that best describes him is productive (which makes perfect sense). Whether it’s academics, athletics, or simply helping around the house, he wants to get the job done. Some of Joshua’s favorite awards include the KEYS 1440 Athlete of the Week award for football and his CCISD Academic Excellence Award for being in the top ten students in his class. Joshua plans on attending the University of Texas after graduating next year and majoring in Kinesiology—and to that we say good luck, the world is yours for the taking!

Joshua is the real MVP with this casual look from Buckle including a maroon and white button-up shirt, jeans, and steel grey shoes, with a coordinating backpack from Journeys.

Joshua’s Three Keys to Success: Being knowledgeable in what you do, a positive mindset, and putting in maximum effort

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Upon meeting Maddy Fraiche there are three things you will notice. She is sociable, has a beautiful smile, and an equally beautiful heart to match. Maddy just graduated from Ray High School in May and will be making her way to the University of Texas this Fall to major in Public Relations in Communications and Business. While she is excited for what is to come, we are excited about what she has already accomplished! Her resume is stacked with athletics, community involvement, and grade-A academics. Some of her favorite memories in high school are being Ray’s mascot, Mary Lou, and founding a clothing drive for Mission 911 called “Operation: Share the Warmth.” Maddy aspires to make a positive impact on the world and spread kindness to others. It is those very traits that have helped her earn the CCISD “Student of Character” award and the Corpus Christi Rotary Club’s “Student of Excellence” award. Maddy believes her generation is comprised of go-getters. She hopes to contribute to the future by leaving her mark on the world, and we have no doubt she will do just that. Let’s hear it for Maddy’s feminine floral top and jeans combo from Buckle, as well as the two-tone backpack from Journeys that coordinates perfectly with her favorite boots.

Maddy’s Three Keys to Success: Determination, discipline, and dedication

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Jocelyn Castillo’s face lights up as she begins to explain the reason she decided to pose with her paint brushes and pallet. Jocelyn just finished the seventh grade at Metro Prep Middle School and the road ahead of her looks very promising! This 13 year old has the artistic talents of a well versed painter! Jocelyn has participated in numerous Art Walk’s, with her artwork being on display thanks to her time spent at K Space’s summer camps. She even has a booth set up where she paints live in front of Art Walk goers and sells her masterpieces. Her skillset has allowed her to receive several awards such as the 2016 People’s Choice Award for the Masterpiece in a Day contest and being one of six young female artists to participate in the Chicas Bonitas All-Female National Exhibition. Her artistic talents even earned her a spot as the first Student Apprentice for K Space’s summer art camp! Not only is Jocelyn an amazing artist, but she is wise well beyond her years. When asked what advice she would give other students her age, Jocelyn says, “not to worry about what others think of you.” Other than painting, Jocelyn loves history and science and refers to those classes as the highlight of her day. Outside of school she enjoys her youth ministry and the friends she made while at Camp Zephyr. With a brush in her hand and passion in her heart, Jocelyn is painting her future with very bright colors.

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A palette of soothing blue is perfect for Jocelyn including this soft cotton tee and jeans from Buckle.

Jocelyn’s Three Keys to Success: Focus, Giving everything your all, and putting God first

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Looking for a new dentist or orthodontist? You have come to the right place. The Coastal Bend offers locals and visitors plenty of reasons to smile, so make sure you love yours! Take some time to meet nine great dentists in the Coastal Bend. They all have their own unique background and approach, but what they all have in common is a passion for helping patients and a love for making people smile.



Nova Southeastern University Louisiana State University Dr. King graduated from Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale Florida (with honors) in 2005. He completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Mike O’Callahan Federal Hospital in Las Vegas. He went on to complete his Endodontic Residency at Louisiana State University and Keesler Medical Center with the USAF. He served in the Air Force for eight years as a General Dentist and Endodontist. Dr. King is published in the International Endodontic Journal and received his Diplomate status with the American Board of Endodontics in 2011. In 2012, Dr. King joined Dr Donald R. Anthony and created South Texas Endodontics. South Texas Endodontics is the only practice in the Coastal Bend offering two Endodontists, Dr. King and Dr. Anthony. It is also the only office with a Board Certified Endodontist that lives and works in Corpus Christi. They are also the only endodontic office that offers IV sedation. Dr. King has a strong background in sedation for anxious patient and dental surgeries. Dr. King and Anthony are backed by a hard-working staff who loves and takes care of patient needs and their questions. They believe it’s critical to treat the patient, not simply the tooth. Their goal is to help his patients get out of pain and finds it rewarding to take the fear out of getting a root canal. South Texas Endodontics is excited to move into their new office within the next year. Dr. King always strives to provide the best care with state of the art equipment. He believes moving into the new office will only better strengthen that goal and allow his practice to continuously grow. He looks forward to being a part of the Coastal Bend community and is excited to serve the region for the next 25 years.

Services Root Canals Root Canal Re-treatments Root End Surgeries Root Amputations

Dr. King enjoys to go fishing, diving and loves the outdoors. He loves spending time with his family and is actively involved in local church youth and scouting programs. He looks forward to meeting you and taking care of your dental endodontic needs and helping you save your natural tooth.

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737 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78411 361.992.7871

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Corpus Christi State University Univ. of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio Dr. Duncan went to elementary school in Germany and high school in a small Texas town. He graduated from Corpus Christi State University with a B. S. in Biology and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from one of the nations top dental schools, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Furthermore, Dr. Duncan completed a fellowship and mastership at the World Clinical Laser Institute. He is one of approximately 2,600 dentists worldwide to provide Pin Hole ® surgical technique for gum rejuvenation. Dr. Duncan’s expertise in cosmetic dentistry, with an emphasis in laser dentistry, allows him to perform many procedures, some without the need for a drill or anesthesia. With personable, experienced staff, an inviting waiting area, and advanced technology, the whole experience at Duncan Dental is designed to provide a more relaxed atmosphere. As a general practitioner, Dr. Duncan’s work is very diverse, allowing him to provide a wide variety of treatments to his community. Dr. Duncan loves the challenge of dentistry and providing the best experience to patients. He thrives on staying up-to-date with the latest technological advances in dentistry and is excited to see what the future holds.

Services Pin Hole® Surgical Technique

Dr. Duncan is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Nueces Valley District Dental Society, and Corpus Christi Dental Study Club. He enjoys lecturing and training other dentists in laser technology as well as giving back through dental missions.

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240 Reliant Drive, Portland, TX 78374 361.643.3030

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Board Certified Orthodontist An Arizona native, Dr. Ingraham did his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona. He then attended Baylor University where he attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Science in Orthodontics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School, two of the most prestigious colleges of dentistry in the nation. Dr. Ingraham is a Board Certified Orthodontist, a distinction accorded only to 42% of American orthodontists after a rigorous examination process. All orthodontist are dentists, but only about 6% of dentists are orthodontists.

Services Complimentary Smile Exam and Consultation Elite provider of Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® Only SureSmile® provider in Corpus Christi and Damon System Braces Kids Club to monitor younger patient’s growth and development at no charge Family Care Program

Upon entering Ingraham Orthodontics, no one can deny an unparalleled quality of service from a friendly team! Dr. Ingraham, and his team of experienced Registered Dental Hygienists and Registered Dental Assistants, are committed to providing excellence in orthodontic care and service. Dr. Ingraham and his team specialize in knowing their patients and their families on an individual basis, offering specialized treatment and utilizing state-of-the-art technologies to meet each patient’s unique needs. Orthodontic treatment can benefit people regardless of age and it is recommended that children see an orthodontic specialist by age of 7! Dr. Ingraham is active in professional and civic organizations, such as the American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and Southwest Society of Orthodontics. In 2013, he received the Caller Time’s Health Care Hero Award for Dental Excellence. Ingraham Orthodontics supports the local community through a scholarship program for current and former patients and by supporting local charities such as Corpus Christi Ballet, Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi Symphony, Corpus Christi Tennis Association, Corpus Christi Food Bank, and Metro Ministries. Meeting new people everyday and forming new patient relationships is rewarding for him, knowing he has the opportunity to improve his patients’ smiles and overall dental health. He loves the detail and perfection that orthodontics requires, but people are what it’s all about. It’s not the set of teeth on the smile – “it’s the person behind that smile!”

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DENTAL PROFILES Paul A. Kennedy, Jr., D.D.S., M.S. Paul A. Kennedy, III, M.S., D.D.S. KENNEDY DENTAL CARE Baylor University College of Dentistry University of the Pacific School of Dentistry Kennedy Dental Care began when Dr. Paul A. Kennedy, Jr. began practicing dentistry in Corpus Christi in 1969. It was his love for fishing that brought him to the region, but his mission to help prevent as much dental disease as possible while treating and serving the children who come to Kennedy Dental Care is what inspired him to open multiple locations throughout the Coastal Bend. Today, Dr. Kennedy’s son, Paul A. Kennedy, III, continues to build on the family legacy that started nearly 50 years ago. Pediatric Dentistry is a specialty in Dentistry requiring an additional two years of study after completing dental school. After completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. Kennedy, III received his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Kennedy Dental Care starts seeing children at 12 months of age; however, many children make their first visit at age six months or less. Because Kennedy Dental Care is a family owned and operated business - family is what drives their practice. All of the staff are very welcoming and friendly to the families and children who visit. Kennedy Dental Care strives to help children and serve their community. Their team participates in health fairs, school lectures, and provides support for children related organizations. They also sponsor and support local organizations that help women & children.

Services Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics for Adults & Children InvisalignÂŽ

Dental disease is still the most common chronic disease of children. Many children need good dental care in the Coastal Bend. Along with excellent Pediatric Dentistry, Kennedy Dental Care provides Orthodontics for adults and children, making it convenient for parents to have an orthodontic consultation while their child is being seen.

Corpus Christi Offices: Kennedy dental Care Pediatric Dentistry

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Saratoga Office:

6200 Saratoga Blvd, Bldg. 1 Corpus Christi, TX 78414

6200 Saratoga Blvd. Bldg. 1 | 361.992.9500 3435 S. Alameda St. Suite A | 361.992.9500 13725 Northwest Blvd., Suite 270 | 361.992.9500 Orthodontics Alameda Office:

3435 S. Alameda, Ste. A Corpus Christi, TX 78411

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13725 Northwest Blvd, Ste. 270 Corpus Christi, TX 78410

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5525 S. Staples, Ste. A4 Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Contact: 361.992.9500


DENTAL PROFILES Roxanne G. Robertson D.D.S., M.S. STAR ORTHODONTICS University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Valedictorian, Accumulative GPA 4.0 University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dr. Robertson was born and raised in Three Rivers, Texas and has lived her entire life in the Coastal Bend. She loves her community and is passionate about serving the families of Corpus Christi and the surrounding area. When she opened Star Orthodontics, her vision was to build an orthodontic practice that focused on providing excellent patient care and outstanding customer service. Everything about Star Orthodontics is designed with the patient experience in mind – from the extended operating hours (open Saturdays!), cutting edge technology used to diagnose and treat, onsite in-house lab, flexible payment options, the spacious and comfortable office décor, and the many entertainment amenities offered to patients and their families when they visit. Dr. Robertson and her highly trained team are committed to providing quality orthodontic care to every patient and promise to make it a friendly, fun experience along the way.

Services Complimentary Initial Consultation Dental Braces for Children & Adults Invisalign® & Invisalign Teen® Flexible Payment Options Open every Saturday

The team at Star Orthodontics has changed over 26,000 lives by creating healthy, beautiful smiles. Ask any one of them and they’ll tell you their favorite part of the job is the lasting relationships and treasured friendships they create with patients and their families…and that is something to smile about!

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4750 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christ, TX 78411 361.992.2483

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DENTAL PROFILES Kenneth Gonzales D.D.S., P.L.L.C. KENNETH GONZALES, D.D.S. Texas A&M University University of Texas Health Science Dental School at San Antonio Dr. Gonzales graduated from Texas A&M, College Station with a B.S. in Biology, and then proceeded to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School, San Antonio, the top dental school in the nation at the time. He continues to further his education in cosmetic, adhesion, implant, orthodontics, Invisalign®, and CEREC training. He has a highly qualified, friendly and caring staff, who understands and follows the doctor’s attitude of genuine appreciation and care for all patients. They continue their dental education, with Dr. Gonzales, for the advancement of dentistry and to benefit the patients. They want to always make sure the patient experience is as comfortable as possible. One of the ways they accomplish this is with CERC technology, which makes it possible to provide a dental crown in one visit. The whole team at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS PLLC strives to create an experience that is unlike any other. Dr. Gonzales volunteers at free dental care clinics in town. Also, he has worked with several dental associations, including the Nueces Valley Dental Association, who provide free dental services for those in need. As a family man, Dr. Gonzales was involved as an assistant scout master with his son’s boy scout troop.

Services CEREC (one visit crowns) Cosmetic Dentistry Implant Restorations Invisalign® (clear braces)

The future for Dr. Gonzales is bright! Patients enjoy the new location and its proximity to the growing South Side. The happiness Dr. Gonzales sees and hears in his patients upon seeing their new smile is what drives him. With every new smile is a chance for a new journey.

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DENTAL PROFILES Delaine R. Farias D.D.S University of Texas at Austin University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dr. Delaine R. Farias has a unique, extensive educational background addressing complex medical management of TMD/TMJ disorders, sleep disordered breathing like Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and craniofacial pain conditions, which consist of a broader set of conditions within the head, neck and shoulders that sometimes manifests as facial pain. Dr. Farias has completed numerous Hands-on TMD and Dental Sleep Medicine mini-residencies. In collaboration with your medical provider, Dr. Farias is in the position to help save lives and improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones by screening for and addressing the potentially deadly disease of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the debilitating condition of TMD and craniofacial pain. She is a Medicare approved DME provider for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and will personally help with your medical insurance verification, filing, and reimbursements. The receptionists, hygienists, and assistants have a great heart and are very considerate. They are committed to continual education and are well trained to assist with the treatment of TMJ Pain, OSA, and snoring. She previously was a member on the Board of Directors for the Non-profit Youth Odyssey and March of Dimes, assisting with the prematurity campaign volunteering as a local coordinator for the “Start-Healthy Stay-Healthy” Gerber campaign. She has been a Pro-bono lecturer at the March of Dimes and Driscoll Children’s Hospital 2005 perinatal conference and is an At-Large Board Member of the Nueces Valley Dental Society.


Dr. Farias uses advanced technology to create beautiful smiles, but she is grateful for the opportunity to look beyond teeth and truly improve the quality of life for her patients. Her goal is to better create a brighter, healthier future for her patients and their loved ones.

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DENTAL PROFILES Alexander Lobaina D.D.S., M.A.G.D Loma Linda University Dr. Lobaina received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University in Southern California. After obtaining his degree, he left for Washington State to begin practicing dentistry. Shortly after, he moved to Texas, where he could be closer to his family and he opened up his own practice. In his relentless pursuit of furthering his education, in 2015, he was awarded a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, which is the highest honor from the Texas Academy of General Dentistry! Dr. Lobaina takes pride in his well trained staff, who are committed to providing the best dental care while maintaining a safe and friendly environment. They firmly believe in treating their patients as they would like to be treated themselves and that integrity is an essential part of maintaining a successful business. When you go to Dr. Lobaina for dental care, you can be sure their upmost priority is helping you in the pursuit of your best smile! There is a very family-friendly atmosphere at the office of Dr. Lobaina. He says one of his most cherished parts of the job is meeting a patient’s family and caring for each of them. Providing the dental care his patients need is number one on his list of to-do’s, but building relationships with his patients is a reward all in itself.


The Nueces Valley District Dental Society, the Corpus Christi Dental Study Club, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry, are all local dental chapters Dr. Lobaina is involved with. While he has a heart for helping those in Corpus, one of his favorite activities takes place a little further away from home! He has been privileged to care for under-served populations in both Nicaragua and Peru on different dental mission trips and plans on doing more of these in the future.

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Baylor College of Dentistry Dr. Chad Allen’s extensive background in dentistry ranges from roofless shacks in Mexico to high rise dental practices in Dallas. After completing his dental schooling at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Dr. Allen was selected to the specialty program for prosthodontics. He was fortunate enough to learn from an international array of specialists including time spent in Switzerland studying dental implants at dental schools in Bern and Geneva. Dr. Allen has mentored many pre-dental students here in the Coastal Bend. All of these experiences combine to give him a wide range of skills and knowledge to serve patients. The staff at Allen Dental Group truly seeks to connect with people in a way that makes them more comfortable. While dental offices tend to make patients feel stressed, the highly skilled and considerate staff at Allen Dental Group is empathetic and sensitive to patient’s needs. Their goal is to treat patients like family. They have all the technology and ability to handle the most complex cases, but it’s their heart for each patient that makes all the difference. Dr. Allen enjoys getting to know each patient and seeks to earn their trust. He truly enjoys spending time with each patient. He is humbled and amazed by all the people he has met and had the privilege to serve over the years.

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Dr. Allen is active in his church, with his children’s school, and is honored to serve our country’s veterans through the VA. Allen Dentists have served South Texas since 1947. Being a third generation dentist, Dr. Allen hopes to continue the line of Allen dentists, possibly bringing on a 4th in the future. Whatever the future holds, Allen Dental Group will always be known for its tradition of excellence, artistry, and personal care in the Coastal Bend.

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Health | Be Well

Vaccination Conversations August is a time when the weather begins to cool down, and the talk of vaccines heats up. By: Alexis Mays Photos: Rachel Benavides


s summer ends and school prep begins, parents are busy getting their children ready for the new school year. However, August isn’t just when parents are buying new clothes and supplies, it is also National Immunization Awareness Month, and a time to get mom and dad’s questions about vaccinations answered. National Immunization Awareness Month brings attention to a worldwide medical tool that’s been around for over two centuries. Yet, many parents are unfamiliar with immunization basics, like which ones to get or when to get them. When it comes to vaccinations, there’s no need to take a shot in the dark; The Bend Magazine spoke with health professionals to give you a 360-degree view of vaccines. Although this month of immunization recognition is nationwide, it spotlights a worldwide tool: “The development of vaccines has saved hundreds of thousands, to millions of lives in this country, and around the world,” says Dr. Jaime Fergie, Infection Disease Specialist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Even though vaccines have been saving lives for over 220 years, most have no idea what’s in a vaccine, or how they work. Dr. Fergie explains there are two different ways vaccines work, but they both have something in common. “They are incapable of causing illness,” he says, “vaccines are very safe.” The majority of immunizations contain particles of the very germ you’re being protected against, and other vaccinations, like ones for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, contain a live virus that has been altered to where they cannot cause the illness. Once the immunization is in your body, it works by stimulating your own immune system to develop antibodies that will protect you. Another question parents may wonder is what vaccines their child should get

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and when? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention answers this question with a recommended vaccination schedule, beginning when a child is two months old. Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, explains, “the vaccine schedule is designed to make sure babies are protected early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are likely to be harmed by potentially serious diseases.” Thankfully, dealing with insurance companies is one thing parents don’t need to add to their to-do list. Dr. Fergie explains, “recommended vaccines are always covered by Medicaid, and all insurance companies are also mandated to provide coverage for these vaccines.” To anyone who is uninsured, or under-insured, you will not face the barrier of cost either. Just ask Shereen Lopez, who is a medical navigator at the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation. She says, “the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation is a great community resource. We will not turn anyone away and we won’t leave any child without a vaccine. There are many voices in the conversation of vaccines, but the message from top medical professionals is clear: vaccines are a parent’s best shot to ensure their children become healthy adults.

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For more: • The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundations offer vaccines for children or adults, and they may be at a low-to-no-cost rate. For an appointment or information, call 361-8142001. • Driscoll Children’s Hospital houses many pediatricians who are accepting new patients! Call 361-6945000 or ask your OBGYN for a referral to a pediatrician. • The Texas Department of Health Services offers useful information on their web site, including a recommended vaccination schedule: www. immunize

Health | Fitness

More than a Gym The Barre Fitness Studio brings you the Amy Heidecker Method By: Alexa Alley Photos: Rachel Benavides


or Amy Heidecker, fitness is not just a hobby or a chore, but a way of life. From jazzercise to kickboxing, and everything in between, group exercise and personal training is where Amy finds fulfillment not just for herself, but for her clients. With 41 years of fitness experience and training under her belt, the Amy Heidecker Method at the Barre Fitness Studio is now the primary way Amy uses fitness to inspire and guide others to reach their goals and most importantly, have fun while doing it. The Amy Heidecker Method “incorporates large, functional movements and isolated muscle work” all while implementing “modifications and adjustments catered to each student’s individual needs,” Amy says. The main difference between The Barre Method and the Amy Heidecker Method is that the Heidecker method doesn’t tuck the spine, maximizing the effect of each movement throughout the class. Each class starts with a warm-up and gradually builds into more intense movements. There is no

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minimum fitness requirements to attend, making each class diverse in experience, but unified in the goal to stay healthy and fit. However, “please do not confuse this with an ‘easy’ workout or stretching class,” Amy implies, “we create enough repetitions in movements to take your body to total fatigue, but never failure.” The workout itself incorporates ballet barre plies, cardio elements, and several other isolated muscle activities such as real squats and push ups. Each workout is completely full body, for example, doing pushups on the barre combined with a hamstring curl with quick transitions in between movements to ensure your heart rate remains elevated. Each movement can be modified to be completely low or high impact depending on what each student is comfortable with. However, the Barre Fitness Studio’s “hidden gem,” so to speak, is personal training. Each session implements the same kind of exercises, but more individualized to the client’s goals. “I have to actively listen to what is going on in the moment. I am going to push them in a more individualized way to reach their goals,” Amy says. To ensure the safety and goals of each client are maximized, a general

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physical assessment noting current and past injuries is taken and a clear understanding of each client’s goals is vocalized. “Part of the real fun I think is that the concentration is so intense that it acts as a stress reliever; the frustrations of life melt away and I find that the students can't wait to come to the studio,” Amy excitedly states as she describes the upbeat and positive environment at The Barre Fitness Studio. The Amy Heidecker Method is for anyone and everyone. Amy emphasizes the desire to “meet clients where they are on life’s journey.” Upon walking in the studio, the familial atmosphere and small class size truly makes you want to take attend and experience why everyone in the studio is so passionate about the Amy Heidecker method. With instructors trained and taught by Amy, each student can't help but have a positive experience in a fun, safe, and goal oriented environment. Whether you are enthusiastic about fitness or not, taking a class at the Barre Fitness Studio will be sure to teach you something new and inspire you to get fit in a great community of people.




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Home & Garden AUGUST 2017


What’s Inside There is no denying just how hot a South Texas summer can get, but there are still ways to keep your landscape alive. Put these tips to good use and your lawn will take on the heat like a champ.

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Home & Garden | Open House

Make Yourself at Home They say home is where the heart is, and for the Becquets, that couldn’t be more true By: Alexa Alley Photos: Jason Page


arm, hospitable, friendly…these are just a few words to describe the atmosphere in which any guest is inevitably welcomed into upon entrance to the Becquet home. Though they have recently ditched the dated warm tones for something more modern and cool, the warmth of their invitation is something that will never go out of style. Sitting on a one-acre lot in the quiet neighborhood of Country Creek, Robert and Deanna Becquet have, without a doubt, created a beautiful home filled with aesthetically pleasing style, good food, and even better people. Upon deciding to renovate in the latter part of 2015, Deanna recalls being encouraged to “declutter and modernize their home a bit” in large part by their daughter. “We had oak washed cabinets, dark countertops, and a lot of furniture,” Deanna says, “it was time to update.” The couple shared a desire for their

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home to be more open and accommodating for large gatherings with family and friends. After knocking down a couple of walls and extending their kitchen area into what was formerly a part of their back patio, the kitchen and living areas are now illuminated by natural light and spacious enough for countless people to gather. The kitchen, complete with quartz countertops and white cabinets, opens into a sunroom with a single exposed brick wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow ample natural light to fill the space, making it both open and bright. All flooring was replaced downstairs with porcelain tile planks made to look like wood. The addition of their lighter and brighter flooring, countertops, and tile was done with the help of the Becquet’s nephew, Sam Ferris, who knows a thing or two about renovations. “We wanted the warm look of wood floors with the durability and practicality of tile,” the couple remarked when talking about their choice for the new floors. Although they admit it was, at times, stressful to make decisions, they say it was exciting to see all the transformations come to life. However, it was not without help from their contractor and many interior design consultations that the vision for their home became a reality. Although it was a tedious process, it has proven to be worth it. Though updating the house has allowed them to utilize the space to its fullest potential, the main goal behind the renovation was to be able to welcome others better.

“If I ever had a place to open up, I would love to give back the blessing of being invited in,” Deanna says when speaking about their natural inclination towards entertaining and hospitality. “We have always wanted to foster a commonplace for people to come and feel like they can relax and be themselves and feel loved,” Robert says. They can both agree they find the most joy in their home when it is filled with people. Whether it is having their family over for dinner, throwing a pool party, or playing basketball in the driveway with Young Life students, the Becquets have always tried and succeeded at using their home as an avenue for people to feel known. The newly renovated kitchen has played a large role in being able to foster this kind of environment because “having food makes people feel loved and welcomed,” the Becquets both agree. They both recall countless conversations they have been able to have by just allowing others to have a seat at their table. The Becquets have truly made their house a home. For Deanna, she finds simple enjoyment by sitting in their new sunroom drinking coffee, or working in their herb and vegetable garden outside. For Robert, he enjoys tending to the yard and pool to make sure it is always in good shape to have people over. Though the house has evolved over the years into what is now, a “clean and simple” place to gather, it has always been a place centered around family, good conversation, and making others always feel at home.

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Home & Garden | Spaces

Keep it Clean Are you giving your laundry room the attention it deserves? Styling & Design By: Jo Anne Howell Photos: Rachel Benavides On Location: Cinnamon Shore


fficiency is key, and not just when it comes to your washer and dryer. There are loads of ways to enjoy your laundry room space, and since it’s an area you will likely be spending a lot of time in, you should definitely take pleasure in it.

Using decorative storage pieces is a good way to store products. You should think of your laundry room counter as important as your kitchen counter! Keeping necessities like detergent and dryer sheets in clear vessels such as jars, boxes, or containers, will allow for quick reach and easy reference when running low.  Larger laundry rooms can be used as a “mud room,” a space for the family’s shoes, jackets, and umbrellas. These are items that should be easily accessible on your way out the door. It's also good to keep schedules, notes, and reminders in your laundry room so you can review them as you are folding clothes. 62 The Bend

Quick Tips: • Great lighting will brighten up any of the dullest duties. Large windows or a great light fixture can have a great impact on any laundry room. • Laundry hampers should be in every room of the house, with one main receptacle in the laundry room.  • Laundry room sinks are a great way to wash dirty hands or soak stems of floral as you get in from the market.  • Keeping your area and counter tops clear of visual clutter will keep a streamline look and feel. 

The laundry room is usually a room that gets overlooked in the house and we sometimes don’t put as much effort into creating the perfect space for it. However, your laundry room can be just as stylish as any other area in your house and deserves time and attention!

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This exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The competition and exhibition have been made possible by generous support from the Virginia Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Endowment. Locally sponsored in part by:

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This project is funded by grants from the City of Corpus Christi through the Arts & Cultural Commission.

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Special Promotion

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A Moment of Gratitude As the kids head back to school and moms and dads around the Coastal Bend get ready for the onslaught of the busy fall ahead, the Braselton Homes family is taking a moment to celebrate our blessings. The time of year for local, as well as state and national, awards and recognition has again arrived. Our company has been blessed over the years to become the Most Awarded Homebuilder in South Texas. We always anticipate this time of the year, as it gives us a great chance to see how we stack up locally and statewide as well as nationally. Locally, the Parade of Homes awards are the most coveted, and take the direct pulse of the community. They judge how Braselton Homes is perceived here in our hometown, as well as across the state. The national awards gauge how we compare to other homebuilders and communities around the country. The results are in, and we’re glad to say this last year was no exception to our legacy of Award Winning Homes. We are so proud of our dedicated team for all their hard work and the national recognition we have received. We are also grateful to the Parade of Homes judges, who hail from all across Texas, and to our friends and neighbors around town who voted for our 2016 Parade homes. As for local and state awards, the 2017 Parade of Homes is now in the books. Braselton Homes was honored, again, to win more awards than any other Parade of Homes Builder. We won a stunning 16 awards this year—more than twice the number of awards won by any other builder. These included two first place finishes, of which we are very proud, recognizing our efforts to build our environmentally friendly, energy-saving Eco-Homes. When we dedicated ourselves years ago to building the most energy efficient, green homes in South Texas, our goal was not only to ensure that our homes were the best possible environment for families to live in, but also to save our customers

as much as 50% per month on their electric, gas and water bills. We are so humbled to know that, year after year, our hard work is recognized, not only by other builders statewide serving as the Parade Judges, but also by all those local future homebuyers touring the Parade of Homes. As for National recognition, we have been blessed to put Corpus Christi, Portland, and the surrounding communities on the map. For this last year, as in previous years, the two leading national industry magazines put Braselton Homes in the spotlight. In its 2016-17 report, Professional Builder Magazine, again, ranked Braselton Homes as a “Housing Giant,” and Builder Magazine, again, named us in their “Next 100 List,” a list outlining the largest and most successful homebuilders in the United States. As a native born Corpus Christian, it’s amazing to me to think that our formerly sleepy little corner of the world is now recognized, year after year, for the growth that we are experiencing! Being a part of that growth, as a third generation Corpus Christi builder, is something of which I am very proud. Our beautiful Sparkling City by the Sea is fast becoming the jewel of the Gulf Coast, and while all these awards and recognitions are great to put up on our office shelves, our greatest reward is to see so many families enjoying their New Braselton Home, and Braselton Neighborhood, together. I hope to see you soon in one of our seven fully furnished model homes—which are spread throughout the Corpus Christi Bay Area. To find the home and neighborhood you are looking for, please visit us at There you can see all our Model Homes as well as the prices for each of our exclusive communities.

Bart Braselton is the Executive Vice President of Braselton Homes, the Coastal Bend’s oldest and largest Homebuilder and Neighborhood Developer. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Bart is the third generation of The Braselton family building in the Bay Area. Returning to Corpus Christi after earning a BBA in Finance, as well as a second degree in Real Estate, from the University of Texas, at Austin, Braselton began working in the family business as a construction superintendent. Since then, Braselton Homes has won numerous local, state, and national awards, including the Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award, as well as the Environments for Living Diamond Award for Energy Efficiency. And, the company has grown into one of the Nation’s Largest Homebuilders, earning consistent rankings in the annual lists compiled by both Professional Builder, as well as Builder Magazine. Bart, a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 18, has served on numerous local community and business boards, including the Coastal Bend GreenBuilt Initiative, Bay Area Smart Growth, and the Police Foundation. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Development Corporation, the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, the Builders Association and the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation. Braselton and his wife, Michelle have 2 young children at home, and are active, with Braselton Homes, in community and church organizations throughout the city, including the American Heart Association, the Food Bank, and CASA of the Coastal Bend.

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Home & Garden | Gardening

Farmer’s Tips for Watering Your Landscape By: Justin Butts Photos: Rachel Benavides


e can go for weeks or even months in The Bend without a single good rain. Your plants depend upon you for water. These watering tips will help you maintain a healthy and vibrant landscape.

How Much & How Often to Water:

Water your plants as deeply and as infrequently as possible. Deeply means lower than the lowest level of roots, but no more. Infrequently means to wait until the soil is mostly—but not completely—dried out to water again. “Deep and infrequent watering” maintains the ideal soil moisture and forces the roots to reach for water, which causes the plants to grow more vigorously. Ideally, the top five or six inches of soil should remain slightly moist at all times. This top layer of soil is where most of the healthy bacteria live, and

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these good bacteria require even moisture to thrive. The healthier your soil, the less water your plants will require.

How to Know When to Water: The garden dries out from the top layer of soil on down. To know when to water, use your finger to dig six to eight inches into the soil to check the amount and depth of moisture around the plants. Wait until the soil is mostly, but not completely, dried out. Your soil will tell you exactly how much, and how often, to water your garden. Use the rain function of your garden hose to water the soil at the base of your plants, but not the plants themselves.

Water in the Evening:

If possible, water in the evening. If you water during the morning, or even worse, at mid-day, you will lose a lot of water to evaporation and the soil will quickly dry out. Plants do a lot of their growing at night and need night-time moisture in the soil to optimize their cellular functions. 

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Mulch and Windbreaks to Conserve Water:

To prevent the soil from rapidly drying out, add a thick layer of native leaf mulch around your plants. Mulch can reduce the water needs of your garden by up to fifty percent. Don’t cut your grass lower than six inches; thick grass shades the soil and conserves moisture. Also, plant a native hedgerow or screen (using sunflower, for example) to protect your soil from the wind.

Drip Irrigation is Ideal:

Install drip irrigation everywhere possible in your landscape. It is inexpensive, easy to install, and can decrease your watering by 80% or more. Call 800-SayRain for professional advice and help on exactly what is required for your landscape. Once installed, watering your plants will be as easy as turning a valve.

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What’s Inside When Carlos Cooper felt as if there wasn’t a record store in town that fit his needs, he decided to open one up. Little did he know he would create a place for people to come and feel known.

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A Family of Strangers Local record store, Hybrid Records, is doing a lot more than just selling vinyl. By: Kylie Kinnett Photos: Jarred Schuetze


he room is flooded with natural light. There is black and red décor (mostly black) and rows after rows of vinyl. Carlos Cooper is sitting behind the desk placed at the center of the store, getting ready for the day ahead. The nature of the store is evident in the name, Hybrid Records. Yet, there is something else to be said about exactly what this place does for the community it finds itself in. Cooper, the owner of Hybrid, opened his doors just about two years ago in November 2015. When asked when he got the idea to open the store, in true artist fashion, his response is, “about a month before it happened.” A passion for music runs in the Cooper family. His father worked in radio for as long as he can remember and his grandfather actually owed his own record store from the 60s to the 80s. So, it comes as no surprise that Cooper himself would one day follow in his family’s footsteps. He knew Corpus Christi was lacking in the record store department. There wasn’t a type of store here he would want to go to. So, creating it himself was the obvious option once plans fell through to help a friend re-open their own record store. While the main motive of the store is, of course, to sell records, there is a certain sense of community that has cultivated itself inside. On any given day, you can walk into the shop and find a number of things happening. Cooper will most likely be helping out customers or tending to the needs of the store. Patrons will most likely be pursuing the

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selection of vinyl or admiring the various local artworks displayed on the shop’s walls. Friends of the shop will most likely be sitting on the leather couch or hanging out in the newly added reading nook (which features a carefully selected curation of books and films for sale). Yet, the thing that stands out amongst your usual record store atmosphere, is there will always be a conversation happening that, most times, includes every single person in the shop.

find something,” Cooper says, “but the amount of bonding that happens on this leather couch, that is something I never could have imagined.” Cooper laughs as he realizes allowing people to come into the store and simply sit and talk might not be the best business strategy, but he knows it doesn’t matter. He knows the importance of having a space for people to feel comfortable in expressing their opinions and views and that is exactly what he has done with this store. So, while yes, Hybrid Records is indeed a record store, it is also an art gallery, it’s a music venue, it’s a resale book and movie shop, and it’s a hangout spot, but most importantly, it’s a cultural gathering space. A place where people in this community can go and feel known.

“The shop is a small space, so if I am talking to someone about a new movie that just came out, someone else in the store, who also has an opinion about that movie, will jump in, and then everyone is involved,” Cooper says. “Whether it is about music, or film, or even something as dumb as memes, if there is a conversation being had, we all become involved.” This environment Cooper has created for his store is one that allows strangers to feel known and where friends can be made. The cultural gathering space that is Hybrid Records, is a place where people—of different backgrounds, different thoughts and beliefs, and different tastes in music—can come together and find a sense of familiarity. While he wanted to open up a shop for people to enjoy the full record store experience and find the niche type of music they were in to, he never imagined it would turn into what it has. “I knew this would be a place me and my buddies could hangout, and maybe a place where people who liked the same things as us could come and

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When heading over to the shop to take photos, we happened to stumble upon the artwork still hanging on the walls leftover from a previous show. A may-mester course held at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi mixed the concept of 60s film and screenprinting. The works showcased some of the 60s most iconic films through the students’ own perspective. Just another reason as to why Hybrid Records is more than just a record store.

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Let’s Flamingle!

Out & About | Celebration

Sophia Turns 8 By: Jo Anne Howell

Buckaroos and BBQ Cotten’s 1st Birthday By: Jo Anne Howell


hen Sophia turned eight she knew a pool party was in order. Floating flamingos were a must have and luau style activities, like learning to hula and glittery body art, were on top of her list! Adding to the chic feel of the Kiera Pool, custom balloon arches topped the gazebos around the pool deck, with palm leaves and floral tucked in. It was a definite WOW factor as guests of all ages were blown away by the balloon décor. Tiny poolside seating was provided with clear acrylic tables, rugs, and fuzzy pillows for the littlest of guests.  Tropical food was served from a coastal table, tied with handmade tissue hibiscus flowers and fun tassels strung like a hula skirt. Vegetable

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spring rolls, curry chicken kabobs, and fla-mango sticky rice was a refreshing hit for the kids and parents alike. Thai tea and pink lemonade was served as the Spring sun heated things up. The kids had a great time learning their new moves from a hula dancing lesson to doing the limbo with a balloon covered limbo stick. These fun, poolside activities brought smiles to everyone in attendance. Flamingo floss (homemade cotton candy) was spun and packaged for guests as sticky fingers were not an issue.  As the party goers left they were handed custom designed sunglasses as a thank you treat. Sophia’s 8th birthday was a definite pool party success, as everyone had a tropical good time!

Balloon Sculptures: Dare & Jones Balloon Art Location: Kiera Pool, Cinnamon Shore, Port Aransas

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THAT’S OUR ISLANDER IMPACT. TAMU-CC is proud that our nursing alumni find rewarding careers right here in the Coastal Bend, providing care for our community. Nationally recognized as a top e-line nursing program, we make our military’s education a priority. The Island University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for nursing students.

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ARTS Schlitterbahn’s Island ArtWalk August 19th If you’re looking for a fun Saturday in the sun with local artists and a lazy river, Schlitterbahn’s Island ArtWalk is the place for you. On the third Saturday of each month on the Veranda Patio, local vendors wow the public with a variety of unique creations. Guests can enjoy not only the artists’ work, but can also take a dip in the wave pool, munch on the food served up for breakfast at 10 a.m., or kick back and relax with a yummy drink from the Bloody Mary bar. However you choose to enjoy the Island ArtWalk, it’s sure to be an awesome Saturday at the ‘Bahn.

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ARTS First Friday Downtown Art Walk - August 4th On the first Friday of every month, local artists, vendors, musicians, and creative connoisseurs of all types gather at the Downton Marina Arts District for the Corpus Christi Art Walk. It’s the time when local bands play on every street corner, food trucks serve up some of your favorite South Texas dishes, and artists can showcase their creations. Come grab a bite to eat, listen to the free entertainment, and check out some of the best art Corpus Christi has to offer. Downtown Marina Arts District, 361-882-2363,

COMMUNITY The Food Bank Chefs’ Showdown August 25th

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Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the food you always seem to have sitting in your cabinets? Well, now’s your chance to see how local chefs can turn those pantry items into innovative, exciting culinary delights. At the Food Bank Chefs’ Showdown, local chefs will compete to create nutritious, delicious meals from random ingredients commonly found in the Pantry Boxes delivered by the Food Bank. Guest can then sample the work from over 30 different chefs and eateries, and can even vote for their favorites by filling their tip jars. Chefs with the most points will then compete in live cook-offs to determine who “The Food Bank Chef of the Year” is. If you

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FESTIVAL A La Mano! (Food Truck Friday) August 25th There’s nothing quite like spending your lunch hour down by the bay, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the unique creations served up by local food trucks. That being said, it doesn’t get much better than A La Mano! On the last Friday of every month, you can sample all of the new food truck vendors you’ve been dying to try. Head to North Bay front park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and have a nice, relaxing lunch on the bay. There will be lawn games and live music in addition to your favorite food trucks. Long live A La Mano! 1590 N. Shoreline Blvd., 361-561-2000,

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Sun Safety for Seniors As you age, you may become more adversely affected by heat as your body becomes less efficient at regulating temperature. Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital suggests these tips to protect yourself from a heat-related illness: • Stay hydrated. Drink water often, even if you don’t feel thirsty. • Check your medicines. Some may make you more sensitive to the sun. Ask your doctor. • Wear sunscreen. Apply before you head outside, and reapply often. • Wear proper clothing. Wear light-weight, breathable clothing, long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat. • Wear sunglasses. Look for those that protect from UVB and UVA rays. • Go indoors. Mid-day sun is the hottest. Plan indoor activities for those times.

If you experience a flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness or lack of sweating, it could be a heat-related illness. Get to a cooler spot, drink water, and seek help immediately.


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Did you know that in most states including Texas, any licensed physician can perform cosmetic procedures without being Board Certified in Plastic Surgery? Cosmetic surgeons such as Dr. Gentile have completed rigorous training in facial plastic surgery and plastic surgery. It is incumbent upon YOU to check that your surgeon is indeed Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. WHY choose Dr. Gentile? … He has over 30 years experience in Cosmetic Surgery. His surgery skills leave patients not only looking and feeling younger, but the true artistry of a skilled surgeon’s hand leaves patients with a more natural, youthful look. When you decide to have plastic surgery, it is because you want a specific outcome…and this outcome is dependent largely upon which plastic surgeon you choose.

Dr. Gentile has been practicing exclusively cosmetic surgery, as well as non-surgical cosmetic treatments for over 30 years employing the latest techniques. His concern for safety led him to develop the first in-office accredited surgical center in South Texas 20 years ago. Dr. Herve Gentile is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top plastic surgeons with the nation’s highest credentials. He is nominated by the American Registry in the top 5% of America’s most honored professionals. Dr. Gentile is listed by Best Doctors©, Consumer Research Council of America©, and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors© guide, as well as, many other professional accolades. All of these are chosen by an impartial resource that catalogs the top quality doctors after peer nomination with an extensive research and screening process.

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COMMUNITY A Night in Vegas Benefitting Charlie’s Place Recovery Center August 26th

ARTS Super sARTurday Back-to-School Blowout August 19th Do you have an aspiring artist for a child? Let them exercise their creative genius at the Art Museum of South Texas’ Super sARTurday Back-to-School Blowout! Your kids can create shark-shaped sun catchers, Japanese fish kites, and bubble prints at this exciting, art-filled extravaganza! The program runs from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and is for children ages K5 through 12. Registration and payment two business days in advance are required and available online. Art Museum of South Texas, 361-825-3504,

BENEFIT Addicted to Recovery 5K August 26th If breaking a sweat for a good cause is something that’s up your alley, consider registering for the first ever Addicted 2 Recovery 5K! With a beautiful loop course that boasts a few of Corpus’ most scenic views, the race starts and ends at Oleander Point within Cole Park. The run is a kick off to September’s National Recovery Month, which serves to increase awareness and understanding of both mental and substance-use disorders, and to celebrate those who are recovering from addictions. Lace up your running shoes, it’s time to hit the pavement! Cole Park, 361-854-9199, distance-running-races/addicted-2-recovery-5k-2017

After 50 years of serving the Coastal Bend, Charlie’s Place has grown into the largest non-profit residential treatment center for those who have been diagnosed with substance abuse or dependence in South Texas. The man for whom the center is named, Charlie Acklen, devoted much of his life to helping those unable to help themselves. At this year’s Night in Vegas Benefit, you can join Mr. Acklen’s mission! If you’ve always wanted to head to Vegas without all the hassle of actually traveling there, here’s your chance. With casino tables, slot machines, a silent auction, Las Vegas showgirls, food, and live entertainment, this is one party for a great cause you won’t want to miss! American Bank Center, 361-826-5371,

COMMUNITY We Got Your Six Auto Show August 26th Are classic cars a passion of yours? What about helping out local veterans? Well, at Kustom Oldies’ first Autoshow, you have an opportunity to indulge in both. One hundred percent of the proceeds earned at We Got Your Six Auto Show will be donated to the local veteran organization, The Patriot Guard Riders, who escort veteran funerals and assist with the color guard at local fallen veterans’ funerals. Along with featuring all types of vehicles and car enthusiasts, there will also be live music, vendors, raffles, and door prizes. It’s going to be a great time with awesome cars, all for a good cause! What more could you want?

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DMD Board Retreat & Open House Photos by: Rachel Benavides

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Cuisine AUGUST 2017


What’s Inside If you can’t find the right ice cream flavor to meet your taste bud needs, make it yourself! Create fun and unique flavors or fresh fruit pops for your next summer soirèe.

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Cuisine | Farm to Table

Cool Down with Sweet Treats! DIY Vanilla Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit Popsicles By: Justin & Kayla Butts Photos: Rachel Benavides


ave you ever stood in the ice cream section struggling to decide which of the dozens of flavors will be your next favorite? Sometimes none of the flavors seem just right. What if you could design your own ingenious ice cream flavor? Even better, what if you could invent a new ice cream every night? Ice cream, as we know it, was invented in Italy hundreds of years ago. The Italians built huge underground ice cellars lined with stone. During winter, they filled these cellars with ice and snow hauled on wagons down from the mountains. They were able to make ice cream from there during the hot Italian summers. Thomas Jefferson copied the design of ice caverns while traveling in Italy and built his own ice house at Monticello. The bottom of this brick-lined circular ice house was 16 feet below ground. During the winter, workers filled the ice house to the top with ice and snow. Jefferson astounded his guests by serving them ice cream in the heat of the Virginia summer. Fortunately,

we don’t have to go to such trouble to enjoy homemade ice cream and fresh fruit popsicles in The Bend. Once you have the ingredients and tools assembled, it only takes about 20 minutes to make your own homemade ice cream. You can find a perfectly adequate ice cream maker for about $20. This simple vanilla ice cream recipe will get you started. It is merely milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract or vanilla bean. From there, let your creativity guide you. Add strawberries, bananas, blueberries, mango, or any fresh fruit that you love. Throw in some nuts, dark chocolate, dried coconut, crystallized ginger, or even your favorite cookie chopped into pieces. You could try a different flavor combination every night of the week! Homemade popsicles will transform your fruit into a frozen delight. You only need a few popsicle molds. They are super cheap and you can find them at any grocery store. Use freshly

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Serves 6 Prep time: 5 minutes Inactive prep time: about 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 pasteurized eggs 3/4 cup sugar 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup half and half 2 tsp vanilla or 2 vanilla beans Directions: With a handheld or standing mixer, beat eggs

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squeezed lemonade or limeade (or concentrate if you prefer) for the popsicles. Pour the juice or fruit puree into the molds—and this is where the fun begins. Drop a thin slice of cucumber and a sprig of mint into a mold of lemonade for a wild, refreshing flavor combination, or drop in a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary or thyme. These popsicles are delicious, refreshing, and beautiful! Experiment with different juices, fresh fruit, and herbs, for flavors to satisfy the most discriminating palate. If you’re having a patio party on a summer evening, be creative and let the tastes of your guests guide the combinations of flavors. You can make your own homemade ice cream or popsicles faster than you can go to the store and buy them…and for a fraction of the cost. These sweet treats are healthier with less than half the sugar, they are more delicious, and you can create exactly the flavors you most love!

for two minutes, or until fluffy. Slowly add in sugar, a little at a time, while mixing on medium speed. Pour in remaining ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Add ice cream batter to your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cook’s note: This recipe includes raw eggs. Adding sugar slows the growth of harmful salmonella but does not eliminate the risk. Children, the elderly, and persons who are immunosuppressed should not consume raw eggs. You may cook the ice cream mixture over low heat until it reaches about 160F to kill any salmonella bacteria.

Lemonade Popsicles Serves 8 Prep time: 5 minutes Inactive prep time: 4 hours Ingredients: 3 cups freshly squeezed lemonade or limeade 1 lemon, thinly sliced 4 sprigs rosemary (about 3” long) 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced 4 sprigs mint (about 3” long) Special equipment: Two popsicle molds (set of four) Directions: Fill each individual popsicle mold half full with lemonade or limeade. Add one sprig of rosemary, mint, or other fresh herbs to the center of each mold. Place a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber, or other fresh fruit on either side of each herb. There should be two slices of fresh fruit for each mold. Top off each mold with remaining lemonade/lime made. Freeze for about 4 hours, or until completely set. Place molds under warm running water for about 10 seconds to help release popsicles.



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American $ = Under $10 $$ = Mostly $10 - $20 $$$ = $20 and up The Bend Magazine Dining Guide is a select list of restaurants around the Coastal Bend. Implicitly, the magazine’s editors recommend all of these restaurants and they are not advertisements. Listings are updated monthly and appear based on space availability. Reviews and articles are written by our editors as a service to readers. Restaurant owners: If you have news about your restaurant or a correction to our listing, we’re all ears! Send an email to or call (361) 792-3606

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A shabby chic interior feel with classic comfort dishes that have a simple twist. They have it all breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 1220 Airline #250, (361) 723-0261, Andy’s Country Kitchen $ You will feel right at home just like eat’n in mom’s kitchen. Great southern comfort food that gets back to the basics! 5802 S Staples St, (361) 993-0251, Atomic Omelette & Grill $ Omelettes are just the beginning here! Comfortable atmosphere with a flavor for casual dining and handmade family recipes. 6313 Wooldridge Rd #10, (361) 334-3942, Citrus Bayfront Bistro $ Enjoy everything homemade, even down to the pie crusts with a gorgeous view of the marina. 100 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 882-2047, The Exchange $$ From the floor to the ceiling, the walls, to your mind, and even right down to your palate, visiting The Exchange brings a sense of “home” to a downtown experience. 224 N. Mesquite St, (361) 414-9788,

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The last Soda Fountain in Corpus Christi, TX! Although they’ve expanded and changed over the many years, their old fashioned values and friendly service has remained the same. 3801 S Staples St, (361) 853-7303, Irie’s Island Food $ With bold purpose and flavor craving taste buds, they set forth a new twist on local fare and many culinary delights from islands around the globe. 503 N Alister St, (361) 749-2310,

MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen $$

Serves BBQ, Fried Chicken & Seafood. Big tables for big groups, they’ll also deliver! 118 Beach St,(361) 749-2271

Padre Island Burger Company $$ Burgers, burgers, and burgers! Build it yourself or choose from their handcrafted menu. 11878 TX-361, (361) 949-3490,


Cuisine | The Drink It doesn’t stop with mango! Fruit Barn also serves Fresonadas (made with strawberries) and Pineapple-nadas, and they’re just as good!

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nyone from the Coastal Bend can attest to this one fact: the summer heat is no joke. With temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees, the usual remedy for this is a big glass of a cold, refreshing beverage. If you’re looking for a new, delicious drink to get you through the heat, it has arrived in the form of Fruit Barn’s Mangonada—and it’s unlike anything else in the Coastal Bend right now. Located in Portland, TX, Fruit Barn has been open since November of 2016. They have a wide selection of snacks and drinks on their menu, from fruit cups, fruit kabobs, corn cups, Mexican candies, along with what they’re most know for: their Mangonada drink.

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The Mangonada, which also comes in two other fruit flavors, is made with blended fresh mango (not pre-made; it is blended as you order!), a little sugar, chamoy, some tajin seasoning, and mango chunks. The cold drink is served in a big cup and with a candied tamarind straw to add to its already mouthwatering mix of flavors. It’s sweet, fresh, and sprinkled with the perfect amount of spice and salt, creating an explosion of tastes that you’ll be craving not just in the summer, but all year round.

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Cuisine | Dining Guide Surfside Sandwich Shoppe $ Dine inside or outside on the patio, and enjoy their large assortment of sandwiches and sides or have a nice cold beverage. Don’t forget the homemade desserts! 15113 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-0505,

Sang’s Imperial Café $$ Culturally dynamic décor brings an international ambiance to the atmosphere. Their commitment to the healthiest and freshest food shows through from the dishes to the sushi bar. 4650 Corona Dr, (361) 808-8881,

The Blue Clove $$ Indulge in the art of food with The Blue Cove. Family owned and served with love, this quaint little place will soon become your go-to spot for a weekend bite. 1945 Horne Rd, (361) 855-2927,

TakeNiwa $$$ Sit in Hibachi and watch their talented chefs prepare your dinner. Or treat yourself to juicy steak and full sushi bar, your choice! 5216 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 356-6888,

The Glass Pavilion $$ Casual hotel eatery offering simple American mains and views of the sea. Did we mention they also offer a breakfast buffet? Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 2nd Floor Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 887-1600,

Hoegemeyer’s BBQ $$

The Grille $ Ensures you’ll always have the variety that is the spice of life! With ingredients sourced from Texas, burger patties and soups are all made from scratch. 3063 Main St, (361) 775-1000,

Owned and operated by 3rd generation BBQ restaurant owners. They mesquite smoke the finest meats available and strive to provide the best food and service to their customers. 1702 US Hwy 181, (361) 704-6249, 15013 Northwest Blvd, (361) 933-0143, m

The Groove $$ A little something for every discriminating craving with an eclectic dining experience. Nothing is ever frozen or put in a fryer! 2001 N Hwy 35, (361) 729-3663,

The Post $$ Enjoy this pub in a communal setting with dishes that are meant to be shared, all alongside a cocktail or beer of course! 3850 S Alameda, (361)452-0907, Town & Country Café $ This down-to-earth diner serves the best in homestyle American comfort food for breakfast and lunch. 4228 S Alameda St, (361) 992-0360,

Asian Aka Sushi $$ Creative and daring rolls that work well together. The authentic Asian cuisine made with the chef’s homemade recipe will be sure to surprise you. 415 N Water St, (361) 882-8885

Barbeque Smoked fresh barbeque on a strong German heritage background and a satisfaction for something unique. South Texas barbeque that comes from the heart. 711 Concrete St, (361) 884-4227, ll

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Boathouse Bar & Grill $$ The best thing about the Boathouse Bar & Grill is that there’s something for everyone; a mouthwatering menu, 4 full bars with HDTVs, waterfront patio dining, friendly service, and a fun, relaxing atmosphere. 15241 Leeward Dr, (361) 589-9601, Brewster Street Ice House $$ Who says that you can’t have 4-star food in a casual environment? Not the Brewster Street Grill! Bring your kids or stay for a concert, they have it all. 1724 N Tancahua, (361) 884-2739,

Executive Surf Club $$

FINS Grill and Icehouse $$

For the past 11 years, they’ve featured fresh seafood, 1/2 lb Angus beef burgers & chicken. Full bar and you “You Hook ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em” for the fisherman. 420 West Cotter, (361) 749-8646, Stingray’s Taphouse and Grill $$ An industrial-chic elite sports bar that provides you ‘raving fans’ a unique dining and entertaining experience, right around the corner from the beach! 401 Beach St, (361)749-2287,

The Brewery $$ Brick oven pizza, pub food & burgers sound good? How about a fresh brewed-in-house beer? 429 Alister St, (361) 749- 2739,

Café BonnA-Petit $ Chef Sophie will always make you feel warmly welcomed, just as her gourmet dishes do. And don’t forget to grab a to-go dinner! 4301 S Alameda St, (361) 334-2579, Daily Grind $ A coffee bar with personality, they offer the finest in gourmet, rustic, or straight-up coffee favorites. Hungry? Stick around for their daily quiche specials, scones, and sandwiches. 302 S Austin St, (361) 790-8745,

Fillingood Bakery $ With fresh bread baked in house, they make breakfast and lunch a delight! 3819 S Alameda St., (361) 225-4663, Hester’s Café and Coffee Bar $ Looking for a true family experience where love is the number one ingredient, along with the simple but important concept of quality and the healing powers of good food. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd, (361) 885-0151, 1714 S Alameda St, (361) 885-0558, 3812 S Alameda St, (361) 855-1892,

The perfect casual family dining spot. All the while supplying the most beer on tap in the city. 309 N Water St, (361) 884-7873,

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long-time local favorite, Surfside Sandwich Shoppe is known for their laid back, surf-themed atmosphere and their wide array of food inspired by different cities and culture—as a result of a lot of traveling from the owners. With a menu that comes alive with different types of sandwiches, salads, tacos, and smoothies, it’s hard to pick a definite favorite. However, one of their best-sellers, the Blackened Ahi Tuna Taco, is what they’re most known for—and for good reason! The delicious tuna comes in two styles, both made with sashimi grade ahi tuna, blackened and seared rare, and wrapped inside a grilled flour tortilla. The regular one is served on top of coleslaw with their homemade spicy taco sauce, while the Baja style is dished out with lettuce (instead of coleslaw), avocado, and pico de gallo, with their homemade Baja sauce drizzled on top.

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The taco is perfectly made with the right amount of all the ingredients—the veggies, the tuna, and sauce—in the tortilla. It’s fresh, incredibly tasty, and the Baja sauce creates the perfect mix of spicy and creamy that compliments the tuna excellently. The delicious dish is best paired with one of their adult smoothies, which come in an array of different fruit flavors, and is both healthy and fun! With one of a kind specialties and the kind of atmosphere and culture the Coastal Bend is known for, it’s no wonder Surfside Sandwich Shoppe is and will continue to be, a top go-to food stop for the community.

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Cuisine | Dining Guide Hula Peach Fruit Hub & Cafe $ This locally owned tropical themed café, sources the finest produce and is committed to quality and freshness. 3823 S Staples, (361) 334-3773, JB’s German Bakery $ Committed to maintaining the highest German standard, every product is handmade following age-old German traditions and recipes. There are no short-cuts at JB’s. 15137 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-5474,

Sugarbakers $

Great cuisine with a French and European influence. They use locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible with mostly everything made from scratch. 2766 Santa Fe St, (361) 884-9541,

French Bleu Bistro $$$ True playful twists to classic French bistro dishes. The chef’s commitment to the use of fresh, local, peak-ofthe-season products is evident in the quality of each dish. 500 N Water St, (361) 887-2121, Dragonfly $$$ A fine multitude of international backgrounds to the cuisine prepared entirely from scratch daily by the owner and culinary artist. The menu is full of unforgettable flavor profiles to satisfy any craving. 14701 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-2224, Gr

Italian Authentic New York Pizza $$ True, authentic New York Pizza right in your hands in Corpus Christi, complete with red-checkered tablecloths. 5838 S Staples St, (361) 986-1151,

Bella Luna Downtown $$

Authentic gourmet Italian cuisine always made fresh to order in the heart of The Marina Arts District. 429 Schatzell St, (361) 887-4777,

Bellino’s $$

Comfortable and welcoming with a trattoria style authentic cuisine. You won’t find these dishes anywhere else in Corpus Christi! 3815 S Alameda St, (361) 8148998, 523 S. Fulton Beach Rd, (361) 729-9003,

Brooklyn Pie Co. $ Enjoy a slice or indulge a whole “pie” of their delicious secret pizza tradition. 15326 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-1100, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria $$ Distinctive and authentic pizza baked to perfection in a signature coal burning oven you can see right from your seat, offers a unique crisp flavor. 5488 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 980-8600,

House of Rock $ Great pizza and appetizers, cold beer, and live entertainment! Does it get any better? 511 Starr St, (361) 882-7625, Mamma Mia’s $$$ Warm and cozy mom and pop Italian experience will make you feel like family. Entrées are delicious Italian culture on a plate. 128 N Mesquite St, (361) 8833773, Mesquite St. Pizza and Pasta Co. $$ Their 60-year-old pizza oven brought in straight from Brooklyn New York makes for the perfect pizza. Plus, all the crusts and sauces are made in house. 617 Mesquite St, (361) 882-7499, Padre Pizzeria $ For over 15 years, their famous Padre pizza dough is handmade, hand-tossed and prepared daily. 14493 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-0787, Port “A” Pizzeria $$ Bring the kids, as this family-friendly pizzeria offers an all-day buffet, video games and draft beer. Or, order straight off the menu! 407 E Avenue G, (361) 7495226, Trattoria Taddei $$ The chef’s recipes and experience, all with a genuine Italian flavor, come down from his home region’s authentic traditional cuisine personally passed from generation to generation over many centuries. 920 Louisiana Ave, (361) 884-4400, [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

Venetian Hot Plate $$$ Quality cuisine and a quaint, yet energetic atmosphere, giving a real touch of Italy. 232 Beach St, (361) 749-7617,

Mediterranean Ginger Café and Grill $$ Eastern hospitality and authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, there’s so much to love about these Persian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Indo-Pakistani specialties. 7009 S Staples #103, (361) 946-9834,

Per uvian Costa Sur Wok & Ceviche Bar $$ This cevicheria is a true Peruvian party on your palette. The dishes are fresh takes on traditional originals from Peru. 15113 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 9458303,

Seafood Black Marlin Bar & Grill $$$ Sit indoors, sit outdoors, see the Gulf Coast from any seat in the house while diving into top-quality coastal cuisine, live music and the best views around. 258 Snapdragon, (361) 749-4653, Blackmarlinbarandgrill. com Doc’s Seafood and Steaks $$ Lively and enjoyable selection for surf ‘n’turf in an open-air setting overlooking the water, plus live music. 13309 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-6744, Glow $$ From a renovated boathouse, they offer simply-cooked bistro fare using the best local seafood and produce. Bright, relaxed atmosphere with white-washed ship lap wood walls and a full bar. 1815 Broadway St, (361) 727-2644,

Harrison’s Landing $$

Tavern on the Bay at Harrison’s Landing is Corpus Christi’s newest outdoor restaurant and bar located in the heart of the city’s marina, and is the only place in town with a floating bar! 108 Peoples St, (361) 881-8503,


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Cuisine | Dining Guide Island Time Sushi Bar & Seafood Grill $$ Stop in for fresh and inventive sushi, seafood, appetizers and desserts! Check out the weekday specials! 14225 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-3046, Laguna Reef $$ Bring in your own catch straight from your boat, or order off their tasteful menu! With excellent views of the marina, family owners & operators, Laguna Reef is the place to be. 4242 Laguna Shores Rd, (361) 937-2600,


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Lance's Black Sheep Bistro $$

A unique, trendy atmosphere that transcends age and style with a menu full of foods rich, colorful, and full of flavor. 15201 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-4819,

Latitude 28˚02’ $$$

Contemporary dining experience specializing in tasty fresh, local seafood. Eye-catching walls that serve as a gallery space, holding colorful works by local artists. 105 N Austin St, (361) 727-9009,

Liberty Hall $$ Herbs and vegetables grown on site, your dining experience will be unforgettable! 106 E. Cotter, (361) 749-4888 Lisabella’s Bistro $$$ Casual coastal elegance with a family-friendly setting. The menu boasts a remarkable gourmet twist to your favorite fare, and a full bar that goes beyond just ordinary. The mermaids may even share their secrets. 5009 Hwy 361, (361) 749-4222, Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge $$ At Rock & Rolls, they’re dishing out the most delectable and delicate fish from islands all over the world. Delight in a “sound check” or cold appetizer, an “opening act” or hot appetizer, then “plug in” for some rolls and sashimi! 15121 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 9491110, Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn $$$ Gourmet dining at its finest in a beautiful Louisiana style home that sets the perfect tone for a taste of luxury. Historic background gives a unique sense of its famous visitors. 200 E Cotter Ave, (361)749-1540,

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Saltwater Grill $$ Unique family atmosphere with fresh and tasty seafood that will leave you coming back for more. 2401 Cimarron Blvd, (361) 993-7258, Scuttlebutt’s Bar & Grill $$ Extensive menu makes sure to have something for everyone. Foods made from scratch from the dressings to the burger patties. 14254 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-6769,

Seafood & Spaghetti Works $$ A unique dining experience, you’ll find the very best in seafood, steak, Italian dishes, pizza, soups, and desserts all made from scratch. 901 S Alister St, (361) 749-5666, Shells $$ Warm, inviting neighborhood restaurant offers a creative and far-ranging menu that reflects a variety of world cuisines. Shakes off the old and tired and gets down to real good food. 522 E Avenue G, (361) 749-7621, Shempy’s Grill $$ Laid-back setting with a variety of delightfully cooked fish will turn anyone into a seafood lover. 3913 Highway 35 S, (361) 727-0019, Snoopy’s Pier $$ Outdoor dining experience and local harvested quality with an on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility that enables the freshness. 13313 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-8815, The Boiling Pot $$ Roll up your sleeves and take manners to a new level for a great Cajun experience. 201 S Fulton Beach Rd, (361) 729-6972 The Pheonix $$ This international bistro/nouveau American fine-quality cuisine is prepared daily using many ingredients from the Corpus Christi Farmers' Market creating a constantly eclectic seasonal menu, where guests can choose to sit indoor and outdoor. 337 N Alister St, (361) 749-9277, Facebook/The-Phoenix-Restaurant-and-Bar Trout Street Bar & Grill $$$ Cajun-inspired seafood in an airy environment is a wondrous way to enjoy food and cocktails inside the nautical themed restaurant or on the outdoor deck offering marina views. 104 West Cotter, (361) 7497800,

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Water Street Oyster Bar $$

Long-standing, well-known Corpus Christi landmark operation serving oysters, sushi rolls & Gulf seafood in a historic, brick-walled space. 309 N Water St, (361) 881-9448,

Water Street Seafood Company $$$

Locally-owned and-operated and voted “Best of the Best” seafood. Fish is fresh never frozen, while sauces and dressings are all made in house from scratch. 309 N Water St, (361) 882-8683,

Yardarm $$$ Savory seafood dishes with great bay view seating. Family owned gives off a special ambiance in the atmosphere as well as the entrees. 4310 Ocean Dr, (361) 855-8157

Steakhouse Katz 21 $$$ Sets the standard for premier fine dining experience. Prime steakhouse specializes in dry-aged prime beef and fresh gulf coast seafood. 5702 Spohn Dr, (361) 884-1221, Niko’s Steakhouse $$$ Committed to the motto “Great food, Great times, Great experience.” Casual and elegant atmosphere that will exceed any steak lover’s expectations. 5409 Saratoga Blvd, (361) 992-2333,

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Thai Thai Cottage $$ Unique and refreshing, Thai curries meet teriyaki and Chinese dishes in a cozy red cottage. 5830 McArdle Rd, (361) 993-0777,

Vietnamese Vietnam Restaurant $$$ Local fine dining with an extensive menu and eye catching Vietnamese culture spread throughout the dining area. 701 N Water St, (361) 853-2682,

One of the top dining destinations. A multi-level steakhouse offers diners beautiful panoramic views of the CC Bay. All the ingredients for the perfect experience! 900 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 8871600,

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History | Looking Back

Robert Simpson and Cecil Gentry at the National Hurricane Research Project Operations Base in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1956.

An Untraditional Inspiration A world-famous scientist’s life-saving legacy began right here in Corpus Christi By: Jillian Becquet Photo: U.S. Weather Bureau, public domain


his time of the year, residents of the Coastal Bend have brushed up on their hurricane preparedness and lingo. We’re so well versed, in fact, that we even casually refer to storms as “a 3,” instead of their official status of a Category 3 Storm on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale. When the storm hit Corpus Christi in 1919, it was devastating… but there was a rainbow after the storm, and something good indeed came from it. This rainbow took a while though, since we had to wait for Robert Simpson to grow up. In 1919, the Simpson family braved the storm surge, seeking shelter in the Nueces County Courthouse. Water from the bay filled the first floor of downtown buildings, which would take years

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to rebuild. Six-year-old Robert rode on his father’s back as they swam through the storm—a storm that would come to fascinate him and fuel his passion for the study of atmospheric science. Decades later, Dr. Robert Simpson (1912-2014) became a pioneer hurricane researcher and the Director of the National Hurricane Center. He has saved an untold number of lives through his most famous research, the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale, which bears his name. This scale is what gives us category ratings that tell us when to hunker down and when to evacuate as the storm approaches. It’s all because of the experience of a child in Corpus Christi who knew he could keep others from experiencing the surprise of a bad storm. The 1919 storm, on the Saffir/Simpson scale, would have been “a 3.”

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