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Contents SEPTEMBER 2017 | The Women's Issue

Features

Monthly | Departments

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

Destinations 28 Quick Trip 30 Local Discovery

Health 56 Fitness

Home & Garden 60 Get The Look 62 Spaces 64 Gardening

7 Most Beautiful Women

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Searching for The Blind Owls

Out & About 68 Arts & Culture 72 Celebration 74 Date Book 76 Social Hour

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Cuisine A Fresh Kick

82 Farm to Table 87 Dining Guide 88 The Drink 92 The Dish

History

98 Looking Back

Copyright Š 2017 Gemstone Media, LLC. The Bend: Coastal Life Magazine is published by Gemstone Media, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without express written consent. Editorial or advertising does not constitute advice, but is rather considered informative. Expressed opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ownership.

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This issue is a special one. It highlights seven extraordinary women who not only pour themselves into their family and work, but also into their charity. These seven women are selfless, passionate, and, of course, beautiful. The woman on the cover, Tina Lain, exudes each of those things and brings a certain kind of presence to a room, one you can’t help but admire.

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Recovery Times One of the most frequent questions that is asked of me is the recovery time from procedures. This is useful in planning pre-wedding, reunion, holiday etc. While this can vary by situation, most fall into the following timelines. Surgical Cases- In all cases, you can start driving after the pain has reached a level where there is only need for the occasional tylenol or ibuprofen. After liposuction, activity restrictions are for a few days. Breast augmentation, lifts and reductions, gynecomastia resections and facelifts all have a similar recovery time and you can resume activities in a few days and full activity in two weeks. Arm lifts and thigh lifts are also similar to breast surgery. With all of the above, most can return to work within a week. Abdominoplasties and rhinoplasties require a longer recovery but most can return to work in ten days. Strenuous activity can be resumed in 6 weeks. Injectables such as Botox, Juvederm & Restalyne have a down time of a few hours before returning to regular activities, no strenuous activity for 24 hours. For skin procedures, many procedures have no downtime including Facials, Microdermabrasion, Hydro-Facials and Dermaplaning. There may be some slight swelling the day of the procedure. Chemical Peels do not have a down time per se, but depending on the strength of the peel, your skin can be peeling for several days after. Laser Treatments (including Scar revision and hair removal) require no strenuous activity for 24 hours and no sun exposure for up to a week. Microneedling and Photorejuvenation of the skin can have mild redness and swelling 2-24hrs post treatment. The skin will feel tender like a mild sunburn for up to 48hours. These are of course only a small offering of the procedures in our office. Our Licensed Aesthetician Ashley Wendt is happy to give you a free skin care consultation. It is very important to make sure your plastic surgeon is well trained, has completed his/her residency successfully 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 everyone is 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

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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FROM THE DESK OF

ALEXIS DE LEON, CONTRIBUTING WRITER WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN'T WRITING FOR THE MAGAZINE?

Let me preface with, I have a terrible time choosing “favorites” so let me give you my rotating list of top fives. Variety is the spice of life after all.

1. Hanging out with my pups, Marley and Cash 2. Learning French

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN THE COASTAL BEND?

3. Being an AmeriCorps VISTA and giving back to my beloved Coastal Bend.

1. My family and friends

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4. Sleeping and/or eating… like a lot of eating

2. Life in The Lakes

5. Living a life that constantly surprises me

3. Brewing with the boys 4. The opportunity for growth 5. Warm sandy beaches by day and bonfires by night WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 1. Adventures, particularly after hours

YOU'VE WRITTEN THE PAST COUPLE OF FEATURES FOR THE BEND MAGAZINE. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WRITING THOSE KINDS OF PIECES?

2. The What-A-Burger menu

1. I get to use more of my voice in the story

3. Jam sessions

2. Features are sexy

4. Cooking

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SAVE THE DATE

September | Letter From The Publisher

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his summer was pretty epic for our family, and we didn’t go on a single vacation. My wife gave birth to our second daughter, Tatum, back in late May. Needless to say, we have had some sleepless nights, drank unhealthy amounts of coffee, and are learning that life with two children is a little more complicated. I still don’t know how parents who are outnumbered pull it off each day—my hat goes off to you. I never thought I would have a house filled with daughters, but I am loving every second of it. Every day I look at my little girls and I can’t believe how beautiful they are. My oldest turns four this month and I try to remind her each day how special she is. Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend at church, who raised two daughters of his own. We were talking about raising daughters and I expressed how easy I had it because I don’t have the responsibility of raising up boys to become men. I was a little caught off guard when he mentioned that I had a just as big, if not bigger, responsibility of modeling the kind of man you would want your daughters to marry some day. It’s really sweet when my three-year-old says she want’s to marry her dada, but I do hope both of my daughters find a man who will love them and care about them as much as I do. As they grow up, I know they will see models on the covers of magazines and idolize their favorite celebrities. I am fully prepared to spend a lot of money on hair products, make up, and the latest fashion trends in the future. I absolutely want my daughters to know and feel as though they are beautiful. However, I want them to be surrounded by role models like Kim Wilmoth, Lori Galan-Garcia, Anju Ahuja, Susan Klaus, Sherry Rumley, and the rest of the women you will meet on page 38 in this year’s 7 Most Beautiful Women Inside & Out feature. They are all beautiful women, but what makes them special is how much they care about helping people. These women are not fashion models, they are role models. Along with many others in the community, they are the kind of women I want my daughters to aspire to be like when they are older.

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I have participated in a lot of exciting photoshoots over the years, but this one might be my favorite so far. I have to thank Monica McLeod Sawyer and Corpus Christi Patch for allowing us to use The Ritz Theatre, a historic landmark in downtown Corpus Christi. The Ritz was the perfect venue to showcase a local band bringing back a classic rock-n-roll vibe to Corpus and around the country. You know a band is going places when they can pull off wearing suits on a blistering hot day in the middle of summer inside a theatre with no air conditioning...check out The Blind Owls on page 32!

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Around the Bend SEPTEMBER 2017

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Around the Bend | Currents

Currents By: Jarred Schuetze

Murals in the Marina Local gallery, K Space, held summer art camps which focused on creating murals. This program gave local youth the opportunity to collaborate with artists Mayra Zamora and Sandra Gonzalez on various pieces of a stunning downtown mural. The mural was formed over the course of five weeks and features beautiful florals and breath-taking coastal

birds. The mural is located atop the Furman Plaza parking garage, which is private. However, the mural can be admired from numerous high-rise buildings and hotels (Omni Hotel, Holiday Inn, One Shoreline Plaza, Atlantic Lofts, Frost Bank Building, 600 Building, Wells Fargo Building and more) in the downtown Marina Arts district of Corpus Christi. . kspacecontemporary.org

Far from a Mi(steak) The casual American restaurant chain Steak-N-Shake, famous for their made-to-order Steakburgers™ and hand-dipped milk shakes, has secured a spot in La Palmera CafÊs food court. This eatery boasts a top-notch menu of mouth-watering burgers crafted from 100% beef and a variety of other American favorites. After your meal cool down and indulge in specialty or classic flavored shakes topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Construction has begun, but the opening date has yet to be confirmed. La Palmera, 5488 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX

Double Shot of Bloom A local Portland coffee shop, Bloom CoffeeWorks, has doubled! The popular shop has found a second home in the H-E-B Plus of Flour Bluff, located right on the corner of S. Padre Island Dr. and Waldron Rd. This family-owned-and-operated coffee shop provides premium craft services with passion, and displays a love for coffee, culture, and community. Stop by one of their two locations and enjoy a fresh cup a joe or a delicious iced matcha. bloomcoffeeworks.com

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Around the Bend | Person of Interest

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Hector Guzman Corpus Christi’s new Maestro, Hector Guzman, is bringing his passion for music and a fresh outlook to the Symphony Orchestra By: Kylie Kinnett Photo: Jason Page

Where does your love for music come from—have you always had it? My grandfather was a musician, my father was a musician, my sisters are all professional musicians, my brother too…so I guess it is in our blood. I know you have conducted orchestras in several different cities around the country. What brought you to Corpus Christi? I have conducted many orchestras, not only in the U.S., but gratefully, around the world. I have always known of the quality of the orchestra and I was particularly attracted to the professional

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approach taken by the search committee. From the clear music director profile sought, the meticulous and often tedious task of going over every one of those 144 applications, the interview process and later on the systematic “tests” while auditioning—everything was first class. Then of course, there was the actual concert at the beautiful and acoustically phenomenal hall…who wouldn’t be attracted to Corpus Christi? What were your expectations during the interview process? The competition level was very high. Every

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What is one piece you have always wanted to conduct? I have been very fortunate to have conducted a vast symphonic repertoire, but one piece that I have always wanted to do and not quite able to do it yet is Mahler’ Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection.” I think that is one of the most sublime pieces ever. I cannot wait to do it here one of these days! What does it mean to you to be Corpus Christi’s new Maestro? It means that I have an enormous responsibility to the board, to the orchestra, to the city and to the music. Quite a package, but one that I am eager to take on! Who would you say are your biggest inspirations? My greatest inspiration was my father. His love for music and his family is something I will forever be grateful for—and of course my teacher Anshel Brusilow, former Concertmaster of the Philadelphia orchestra and former Music Director of the Dallas Symphony. It does not get any better than that! What new things do you hope to bring to the table as the Maestro? My desire is to bring Corpus Christi a dynamic, fresh, exciting, and powerful program. Not “diluted” or “watered-down” versions of music, but actually a variety of the very best symphonic music in such a way that our audience (and our musicians) cannot wait until the next performance. I truly believe we can do it!


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Chips & Dip Is there anything more satisfying than stumbling upon a delicious chips-n-dip appetizer? It gets even better when you learn that it’s made fresh daily. This list is just a few of the most satisfying house-made dips in town.

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POETS Restaurant:

This family-owned-and-operated restaurant serves up one of the tastiest and addictive house-made salsas in town. This complimentary salsa is served with delicious tortilla chips made daily. For additional delightfulness request their freshly made flour chips. Your taste buds will thank you and beg for seconds. 4825 Saratoga Blvd. | Corpus Christi, TX

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Gracia Mexican Cantina: Gracia has nu-

merous dips and salsas but the one that stands out from the crowd is their original recipe for green chili queso. The queso is served with housemade chips that are fried to crispy perfection. If you’re looking for even more flavor add some fresh guacamole or taco meat to the queso! It's even available half priced during happy hour.

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Landry’s Seafood House: The beautiful waterfront view isn’t the only thing that makes Landry’s a fantastic eatery. Their Crab, Spinach, & Artichoke dip is a definite crowd pleaser. Served with fresh pico de gallo and homemade tortilla chips, this dip is a delicious

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Black Marlin Bar & Grill: While this beachside restaurant serves the three staples of chips and dip (salsa, guac, and queso), the real contender is their Smoked Wahoo Dip. The fish known as Wahoo, or Ono, is smoked in house, mixed with cream cheese, red onions, and garlic and is out of this world. The dip is served with multigrain crackers, though if you ask, they will bring out some of their freshly made tortilla chips. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. 258 Snapdragon | Port Aransas, TX

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Did You Know? In the 1940s, a Los Angeles Mexican delicatessen owner named Rebecca Webb Carranza decided to put to use the leftover and misshapen tortilla dough that would otherwise be thrown out. Carranza discovered the discarded dough, cut into triangles and fried, could be the next big thing. The chips were sold for a dime a bag at their El Zarape Tortilla Factory. By 1950, Popular Mechanics magazine referred to Los Angeles as the home of the tortilla chip.


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YOU’RE INVITED: The Celebration for Life is the Hope House’s annual fundraiser. Patrons will learn more about their services and projects, and what the Hope House needs to continue its mission of meeting critical needs.

Home to Hundreds The Hope House is a local women’s shelter with decades-long dedication to mothers in our area who are facing homelessness

The 28th Annual Celebration for Life is on September 7th beginning at 7 p.m., at the Mansion Royal. This year’s guest speaker is former Texas Planned Parenthood Manager Ramona Trevino, who will be sharing her story. Purchase your ticket today online at www.cchope.org and by phone: (361) 852-2273.

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ty agencies, and mainstream resources.” The Hope House aims to additionally assist with providing necessities like infant care items, and the work of the Hope House does not stop with their residents. Even if they are not staying at the shelter, women can access their resources and receive diapers, wipes, maternity and baby clothes. The Hope House is there for mothers when they are at their most vulnerable state and Juarez urges any woman in need to reach out. “We want them to know they are not alone and that it will be okay.” Juarez then relays the most important thing that the Hope House gives women: “we offer compassion.” The Hope House has been offering compassion and guidance to local mothers for the past 31 years. This organization began in 1986 when one family opened their personal home to mothers in need. Since then, they have aided tens of thousands of mothers. In an average year, the Hope House will assist more than 300 women and children with housing related needs and thousands more will be positively impacted thanks to their outreach programs.

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While this nonprofit is for our community, it is also by our community. “Our existence would not be possible without the support of those who participate and donate to the Celebration for Life Fundraiser,” says Juarez. Other ways people can get involved with this non-profit is by donating online, volunteering at the shelter, or adopting a shelter room in order to decorate or furnish it. Any way a person wants to assist with the mission of the Hope House will be contributing to their ripple effect of care. Helping the Hope House is helping women today and saving the generation of tomorrow.


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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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What’s Inside Boerne, Texas is filled with unique, locally-owned restaurants and shops, beautiful trails, and dance halls and concert venues that are sure to provide you with a one-of-a-kind getaway.

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The “Hill Country Mile” is the term used to describe the stretch of locally owned specialty shops and restaurants through Main Street. Filled with antique stores, clothing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and a walking trail nearby, the Hill Country Mile encompasses the heart and soul of Boerne all on one street.

Down By the River Nestled down on the banks of the Cibolo Creek, Boerne, Texas exists as a quaint town full of history, outdoor serenity, and small-town Texas fun By: Alexa Alley

Where to Stay: Belleori Homestead Designed for weekends away, the Belleori Homestead consists of several cabins, accommodating large and small groups alike. Each house sits among the trees and is just walking distance from a luxurious pool and fireplace for larger communal gatherings. Each cabin has its own unique style and is complete with a porch and kitchen. Whether you are on a fun girls trip or a weekend away with loved ones, The Belleori Homestead is the ideal place for those wanting to experience the Hill Country atmosphere.

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Where to Eat: The Dodging Duck Brewhaus & Restaurant Right across the street from River Road Park and the Cibolo Creek, The Dodging Duck features a wide range of international and local cui-

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Where to Drink: The Dienger Trading Co. Whether it’s your morning cup of joe or an evening glass of wine before dinner, the Dienger Trading Co. is the “it spot” to hang out and enjoy a beverage of your choice. You can’t miss the historic building sitting on the Hill Country Mile that has since been renovated to a trendy mid-century bistro on the inside. With an extensive list of specialty coffees, beers, and wines, this unique establishment will not disappoint.

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Where to Explore: Cibolo Nature Center & Farm For those wanting to experience more about of the outdoors, the Cibolo Nature Center has miles of trails for all age ranges and abilities. Whether it’s horseback riding, hiking, birdwatching, or having

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a picnic with family and friends, the Cibolo Nature Center offers all of the above. From Marshlands to Prairies, the 3 mile hiking trails allow for a glimpse at the wide variety of ecosystems and animal species that are present in the Texas Hill Country.

Where to Relax: Guadalupe River State Park The Guadalupe River State Park has endless opportunities to sit back and relax on a 4 mile stretch of the river. From tubing and kayaking to fishing or just sitting on the banks, the river has something to offer for every interest. The cool water surrounded by shady trees and trails offers the ideal place to cool off from the summer heat and just enjoy life a little more.

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Where to Play: The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue If you’re in the mood for Texas Country and two steppin’ The Roundup is the place to be once the sun goes down. With several well-known artists frequenting the establishment such as Josh Abbott, Kevin Fowler, The Spazmatics, and more, The Roundup is the local hub for musical entertainment. Plus, the atmosphere is sure to be family friendly with a 3-acre playground for kids of all ages, as well as a variety of food trucks and beverages. A night at The Roundup is something you can’t leave Boerne without experiencing!

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The Show Must Go On Lights, Camera, Community: How one man’s dream became an unforeseen gift to Corpus Christi By: Megan De Los Santos Photos: Jarred Schuetze

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often tell people the theatre was Eddie’s final gift to me,” says Mary Chapa, Executive Board Member of Aurora Arts Theatre. It was Eddie Chapa, Mary’s late husband, who founded and served as the original Executive Head of the theatre. His brother, Charlie Chapa, President of the Board, explains the loveable cunningness in Ed’s plan to get the theatre operating: “He came to my office and told me he wanted to open a theatre on the Southside for the community. I told him it sounded like a risk, to which he replied we would name it after our mother. He knew I wouldn’t be able to say no. When I said ‘let’s do this,’

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he reached into his jacket, pulled out an envelope, threw it on my desk and said ‘Good, because I already signed the lease.’” It was instances like this that made Ed all the more endearing. A portrait of Aurora hangs in the lobby—a reminder that love and family are the theatre’s enduring pillars. It took a crew of friends and family to get the place open. After painting walls, installing each and every red-clothed chair, testing lights, and living off burgers and pizza until the place was done, the project was finally completed. Nunsense was decided to be the inaugural show, playing an impressive 9

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weekends in a row. Mary described their first run as “everything just [coming] together beautifully: the directors, actors, technicians, everyone who had a part in the show. It just flowed.” A masterpiece seemingly meant to be. After an unexpectedly successful first year of operation, Eddie passed away at the end of the production of Footloose. His unanticipated death rang tragic to his family and the theatre alike, leaving the team skeptical of whether or not they would remain open. In the desire to keep Eddie’s dream alive, Mary, the Chapa family, and everyone at the theatre persevered as a united front. Mary insists this would not have been achievable without the help of her brother in law and his family; yet another display of love. Charlie admires his brother for “changing theatre in this town.” By providing a space for both aspiring and volunteer actors to display and


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Aurora Arts Theatre’s most notorious production, the Rocky Horror Show, sells out annually, and is known for its wonderfully profane rhetoric & amp content (18+ only). Attracting a wild crowd thanks to a show requiring audience participation, this production is complete with water pistols, glow lights, and audience members in costume. Charlie notes, “You give a water pistol to an adult – he turns into a kid. It’s not the show that’s bad, it’s the audience!”

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expand upon their talent, this theatre evolved into a locale for opportunity and community involvement. Charlie mentions, “We don’t require experience, being on stage is where you’ll get all your training.” As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, places like Chick-Fil-A, Wienerschnitzel, and H-E-B, as well as private donors, regularly support the theatre to help it remain in operation. Aurora’s legacy to this city encompasses that of community. Ed and Mary Chapa were volunteers at the Harbor Playhouse for 10 years; Ed wanted the same community theatre feel on the Southside of Corpus, so he took his dream and rolled with it. In a sense, the theatre is a gift that keeps giving: to Mary, to the volunteers, to our community. To get by with a little help from its friends (& family), all Aurora Arts Theatre needed was love.

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LOCAL BAND REVITALIZES ROCK-N-ROLL By: Alexis De Leon Photos: Eric Morales Location: The Ritz Theatre

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he stage isn’t very big. There are four boys, daper boys, whose wardrobe consists of matching, simple black suits with a white button down and a skinny black tie. The bass guitarist, isn’t facing the crowd and begins to stomp his right foot on the ground to a beat that hasn’t started playing yet. Then, the words “she’s a cold hearted woman, a cold hearted woman” are sung from all four of the owls. It’s quiet, the only instrument being played is the guitar. That lyric is repeated four times, the bass guitarist plays a small riff, and then the rest of the band comes in. They are all dancing—each of them is now fully submersed into the song. The show has offically begun.

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JESSE DE LOS SANTOS: Electric Guitar/Lead vocals on most songs as well as harmonies.

Josh De Leon: Guitar/ Vocals on most of the harmonies/Lead on a few songs /Dabbles on the keys

Corpus Christi has inspired generations throughout the decades to sing about her bay, her people, and her overall vibe. The Blind Owls are grateful to be a part of a city with such a vibrant music history. Just how did they come up with their name you ask? Well, it could have started while sitting by the ocean, or perhaps carried in by the winds, but as fate would have it, it happened a bit more arbitrarily than that. “There is a guitarist/singer in an older band called “Canned Heat” they would call Alan “The Blind Owl” Wilson. I thought The Blind Owls was a cool name,” Jesse recalls. “We wrote it on a piece of paper, among many other names a few of us had, threw them all in a hat, and drew each until there were none left. One fell on the ground at some point. We picked it up at the end and we became ‘The Blind Owls.’” Starting around the fifth and sixth grade, the guys picked up instruments and began finding their

individual rhythms. This youthful start is also where they all came together. “We all kind of met in grade school, except for me and my brother Carlos, who I’ve known my whole life,” Jesse jokes. “I met Josh sometime in the fourth or fifth grade. Then I met Dylan in our sixth grade band class. We were in the percussion section together.” For Carlos it all began the summer of the sixth grade. “I saw a group of friends perform Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit” and knew I could do better. I was really inspired by my dad as well,” Carlos remembers. “I met Dylan through skateboarding and Josh at our first practice.” At first, the guys got together as just an informal jam band, but as time went on they began to find their beat. Some of the members even found their place by accident. “I haven't been singing for very long,” Jesse explains. When the boys were merely a jam band, they were left without their lead singer

DYLAN ROMEL: Drums (the most important instrument*)/ Backup vocals

at an open mic gig one night. Jesse, being the only one who knew all the lyrics to the songs, ended up having to take matters into his own hands. “I was basically forced to take on lead vocals, and have been doing it ever since,” he says with a laugh. Dylan reminisces back to the fifth grade, which is when he got his first drum set. While he knew it was something he loved to do, he never imagined it would lead to all the amazing experiences the band has given him. Being in a band, contrary to popular belief, isn’t all playing shows and touring. A lot of it requires discipline. Everyone crammed into a studio—or, in today’s age, maybe just a bedroom with a mic, a computer, and all the instruments one can afford— in order to record. Recording their first EP was no problem, but mixing and mastering, however, took almost two years. “We did it all at home and recorded it in the room we have been practicing in since we first became a band. The hard part was getting us all together to complete it. The LP was easier to complete, as we booked four days of studio time with Dylan Ely here in Corpus Christi at his former studio, The Loop,” Jesse says. “We pretty much were there all day together from 9 AM to 6 AM all four days just working on music. It was definitely a time to remember and a great experience to be able to do nothing but work on music all day and night.” “All Day and Night” happens to also be the name of the band’s album. With the EP pressed on vinyl, there was something much more substantial to receiving the finished product in the mail. Carlos remembers, “I was high on it, but more so at the fact that we were releasing it on vinyl. When the packages finally arrived, I felt like a kid on Christmas. Listening to it all together as a band for the first time is something I won’t forget. It’s pretty cool our music is going to, hopefully, exceed us in terms of time and life.”


CARLOS GARCIA: Bass Guitar/ Backup vocals

THINGS THE BAND LEARNED ON TOUR: The band has some very good T-shirt designs Jesse is not a very good Clue player, but don’t challenge him at Quiplash Dylan can be moody sometimes, but give him a Snickers and he will settle down   How to file a Missing Persons Report in Oakland, California  Eating sandwiches saves a lot of money If you’re going to challenge Carlos in the board game Clue, you better bring a Sherlock Holmes/Dexter type of enthusiasm, otherwise you’re going to lose  Duct tape is the most useful tool on the road...next to toilet paper They really love the game Clue Embassy Suites is the greatest hotel ever Being vegetarian sucks on the road, but is awesome in most of the cities

The band recently got back from a whirlwind three weeks of touring the West Coast. A GoFundMe was set up in order to raise money to get Dylan’s van in good enough shape to make it to Seattle and back. The four owls (and all of their equipment) loaded up into the van and began on their journey. “It only broke down once,” Josh jokes. “We got it fixed in a day, so no interruptions on that end.” Traveling over 6,000 miles together was both an exciting and learning experience for the guys. They all can agree it is one they will never forget. Now that it’s all said and done, they are most thankful to be back in Corpus Christi where their family, friends, and fur babies reside. “It was an amazing experience,” Josh explains, “none of us had ever toured before so it was exciting getting to experience it with these guys I’ve known my whole life.” Josh mentions the craziest thing to him, in regards to the tour, was how successful it actually turned out. Each of their shows on tour made more money than they had anticipated. “Not saying I didn’t believe in us,” Josh kids, “but a lot of these places we had never played before, so I didn’t expect them to be as packed as they were.” He reminisces on the positive reactions from each of the tour’s stops, and mentions that was probably the best part for him. “Playing to people who have never heard your music and seeing them dance and really digging it was just such an awesome feeling—nothing like it really.” While each member will always remember the journey, they all came out of the experience with a little something special. “Words can’t really do justice to the journey we embarked on and the memories we created in those three weeks together,” Jesse mentions. “The best way to put it, in my opinion, is like a rollercoaster ride. You anticipate it so much until the tour actually begins. Once you’re on it, there’s a lot of things happening, ups and downs, good

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times, bad times, and sometimes it may feel like it’s never going to end and you may want to get off. Yet, once it’s over, it seems as if things flew by faster than you thought, and you can’t wait to go back and do it all over again.” Dylan took away that it is always important to be ready for whatever life might throw at you. “We had a lot of bumps along the way, but those bumps made for some really great stories,” he says with a smirk. Josh learned about the type of brotherhood that comes from confined spaces. “I learned about these guys. You think you know someone, but you truly don’t until you’re surrounded by them, and only them, for almost a month,” Josh explains. “I can’t lie and say it was all nice and fun, but we really learned how to deal with one another and I think we all matured from that. I mean, all we had on the road was each other. I’ve always considered those guys brothers, but we reached a new level of brotherhood on tour.” As for future plans, The Blind Owls are planning a few shows at Vino Mio Social Club in September and October, trying to rest up before their next EP release, tour, and a trip to Boston. “We have already finished up our next EP, so we are just keeping it in the vault until further notice,” Carlos mentions. “We have a million unreleased songs no one has heard, but we’re still always writing. We don’t have many shows lined up currently; we’re trying to have some down time between shows. In a few months time, we’ll start booking for our next tour again.” The band enjoys their time in Corpus Christi much like the rest of us mere mortals, surrounded by friends and family. There is no doubt that there are some exciting things on the horizon for The Blind Owls. For now, we remain excited to see where their music takes them.

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By: Kylie Kinnett Photos: Dustin Ashcraft

There is a certain kind of beauty that comes along with vulnerability and truth. Beauty is being true to yourself. Beauty is smiling through the pain life tends to throw at us. Beauty is helping others even when, sometimes, you’re the one who needs a little help. Beauty is living your most authentic life. Beauty is simply who you are; it’s every fiber of your being. 7 Most Beautiful Women: Inside and Out is a way for women in our community to raise money for the charity they advocate for and bring light to some of the amazing work being done in our city. These women are energized by their passions. They each have a story unique to who they are as a person, and have used that story to push them to better the lives of those around them. Here is to the beautiful women celebrated in this issue, each an inspiration in their own ways and a definite force to be reckoned with. Hair: James Stanley Salon | Makeup: Allie Garcia | Location: Omni Bayfront Hotel


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im Wilmoth wears many hats. She is a loving mother, an amazing grandmother, a working woman, a philanthropist, and so much more. She describes her life as never consisting of a dull moment. Kim believes in life and in love, and uses her positive outlook on life, as well as her faith, to get her through the hard times.

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She first got involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi seven years ago when she was asked to help out with the Casa de Amor event. “I was hooked,” she says, “and I haven’t looked back since.” She finds great joy in visiting the families staying there and being there for them— when they cry, she cries, and when they rejoice, she rejoices.

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The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families with ill children can go and feel comfort and love. While they provide a place to stay, they also provide guests with the compassion they need in such a difficult time. In Wilmoth’s mind, it really is a unique place—a safe haven of sorts. “When you have a sick child and have nowhere to go, and you feel alone, you’re not. We are here for you,” she says. Kim is inspired by the lives she has had the pleasure of being a part of, even for the smallest amount of time. “The strength and resilience of people who have gone through loss and still have a smile on their face, that is what inspires me,” she says with a kind look in her eyes. “They keep on smiling and giving themselves unselfishly. That type of love for life is contagious.”

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Lori Galan-Garcia

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have a note on my desk at work that my son wrote in first grade. It says, ‘Dear New York, I hope you rebuild your towers.’” Lori Galan-Garcia smiles as she talks about her now 23 year old son. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was in third grade, and is the motive behind Lori’s passion for her charity. She credits her love for activism to her dad. “I was always his ride-or-die,” she jokes. “He was always involved with everything and I was always going places with him, so I am sure it rubbed off on me.” She is involved in numerous organizations around town and, even though at times it can be a lot, she knows if you love what you’re doing and it’s helping others, then there is no questioning it. The Autism Spectrum Resource Center is a charity she holds near and dear to her heart. Her involvement began years ago

when her son first got diagnosed, and it has now turned into a passion of hers. “They are a small organization, but they do so much,” Lori says in regards to the center. “They have one walk, and the money raised from that walk is supposed to last them all year, so every bit counts.” She refers to Autism as an extremely hard disability to deal with alone, and is beyond thankful she found this organization when she and her family needed it most. If there is one thing Lori wishes her involvement with the Autism Spectrum Resource Center would do, it would be to educate others. She describes Autism as a very wide spectrum, and mentions that a lot of people don’t realize those who have it can land anywhere on that spectrum. She tears up as she mentions how helpful it was to have a place like this in her and her family’s life. Her love for her children is what gets her to the end of the day, and it has helped her become the beautiful, strong, caring activist she is today. [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

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Anju Ahuja The YWCA

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nju Ahuja came to the United States 28 years ago. She was submerged into completely new and foreign environments, and she took every challenge she faced head on and with grace. She is headstrong and has an incredible heart. A heart that extends to her husband, her two children, and everyone else she encounters. Anju began her involvement with the YWCA by joining the Finance Committee, and through the years eventually found herself on the Executive Committee as one of the board members. She has chaired multiple events for the YWCA and has done work with their YWTeen Program. The common thread in each of these positions Anju has held is that she has been driven by the women in these programs. “They learn from me, of course,” she says, “but I also learn so much from them. They broaden my world.” The YWCA acts as a safe haven for women who need it. They offer programs to help with various aspects of life to help women get to where they want to be. Anju says her own morals and life goals align with the mission statement of the YWCA and that has helped push her passion for the organization even further. She knows being fortunate enough to volunteer in the first place is an incredible blessing. “The world is not a perfect place,” Anju says, “and I believe instead of complaining, getting frustrated, or overwhelmed, we need to instead try to make this planet a better, happier place by helping those who are in need.”

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Susan Klaus Agape Ranch

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usan Klaus is insightful, kind, and cares deeply for the world we are in. “We need to reach outside of ourselves, see the need, and make a good effort to leave our corner of the world with more love than we found it. If we all did that, wouldn’t our world be more beautiful?” Her words of wisdom are astounding, truly. Her worldview is so unique and special.

No day of Susan’s comes without chaos—beautiful chaos. She has been married for 14 years to the love of her life. She has six children, three adopted, two biological, and one (sometimes) foster child. There are two dobermans that roam her house, and she is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Agape Ranch. The Agape Ranch provides high quality foster care in South Texas by supporting and equipping foster and adoptive families. “There was a great need for orphan and foster care here in our community that

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I was blind to for so many years,” Susan says. “I helped with orphan care around the world, but had no idea of the need that was right here—and once my eyes were opened, I couldn’t ignore it.” At the Ranch, they are committed to investing in and mentoring the foster children of our community and helping our children here become productive members of the place they are from. Susan’s passion for supporting these children and the foster families has helped bring love and compassion to those who need it the most.

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Sherry Rumley The Rise School

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herry Rumley is just one of those people who instantly touches your soul. Her smile and kind heart light up the room. When you meet her, you can feel the love and grace she exudes. When you speak to her, you can feel her pain, but you can also feel her strength. She is truly like no other—beauty, warmth, a sense of humor, and kindness. She hasn't allowed the circumstances in her life to define her as a person, and that is beyond admirable. Sherry and her wonderful husband love

their children so deeply. They are her inspiration in all she does. Jack, one of her sons, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth and Sherry, being the woman she is, decided if there weren’t ample opportunities for her son here in Corpus Christi, she was going to make them herself. She had heard of The Rise School in other cities, and began researching their models and structure in order to open one here. The Rise School is the city’s first and only school in town dedicated to early education of children with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom setting. With an amazing staff and programs, they set out to truly provide the best pos-

sible education to every child, regardless of any disability they may have. Sometimes the unthinkable happens, and when it does, you have to decide how to deal with it. Sherry’s baby boy Oliver passed away not too long ago. The thought of losing such a precious gift is unimaginable for those who have not experienced it. However, Sherry had a decision to make. She chose to use this as motivation and hasn't stopped working for the cause she has so much love for. She is a beautiful woman, there is no denying, but her soul has a certain kind of beauty—one you don’t find all too often.


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Regina Garcia: The Selena Foundation

appiness is writing your own story. You have to always remember you are the author of your own story. Don’t quit on your story and don’t accept no as an answer.” That is Regina Garcia’s outlook on how to live life and how to live it to the fullest. Her 16-yearold son, Riel, and her husband are her true inspirations, and she credits her time with them as to how she gets through the hard days. Regina has always had a love for helping others. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi and has a deep and unique love for this community. With that being said, it is no wonder she is involved in so many ways in order to make it a better place. The Selena Foundation has made its way to a special place in Regina’s heart, and she has been advocating for them ever since. She was invited to participate in the Fiesta de la Flor Festival and was both overwhelmed and humbled to see what a great impact Selena made through her music, personality, and her energy. Regina mentions how she loves to see Selena’s legacy be continued through the community giving back. The Selena Foundation offers the motivation and resources every child needs to complete their education, live moral lives, love their families, respect human life, and to sing whatever song they were born to sing. “Every child has a gift,” Regina mentions, “and they all deserve the opportunity to explore that gift and share it with the world.” “Be grateful for each of your experiences,” Regina says as she ends her wise words of advice. “Use each of the moments in your life, and let yourself write the ending to your story.” [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

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Tina Lain American Cancer SocietyMaking Strides Against Breast Cancer

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here is something about Tina Lain when she walks into a room. Her presence is strong, bold, powerful. She has an authentic personality and is honest with those she encounters. Her husband and three children are the lights of her life, and she refers to them as her all-encompassing constant source of inspiration. She stands up for what she believes in and fights for her cause with true zeal.

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Her father, or as she refers to him, The Cowboy, once gave her a priceless piece of advice. “Not everyone is going to like you…but remember, not everyone matters.” Tina smiles as she has a bit of a nostalgic moment as she relays this piece of advice, and she wholeheartedly agrees with that statement. Family means everything to Tina. After a family member was diagnosed with cancer and later passed, she used the pain as a beautiful inspiration to get involved with the American Cancer Society. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. Tina refers to the organization as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about how others can reduce their risk of it, and to raise money in order to help the ACS fight the disease with research. Not only does Tina actively play the roles of wife, super mom, and an inspiring activist, she also has a day job that fits quite nicely into her passion of helping others. At her tattoo studio, Pinnacle Tattoo—which she and her husband own—she has created the business, Gold Dust Cosmetic Tattooing. She helps others feel beautiful again simply by offering cosmetic tattooing which specializes in eyebrows. “Every day we have the opportunity to share our magic,” she says. “My hope is to simply shine so bright others feel my glow.”

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7 Most Beautiful Women is one of our favorite things we do here at The Bend Magazine. Not only do we get to sit down and get to know seven truly remarkable women, but we get to help raise funds for seven remarkable charities. Last year, our winner, Angie Flores, raised an astounding $18,035 for the Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc. The women are encouraged to raise money all the way up until the end of the night at the event. People continue to donate throughout the night, and at last year’s event, it truly came down to the last minute. A last minute donation of $10,000 was given to Angie’s charity and she was soon declared the winner—talk about a nail biter. So, what has Angie and the Catholic Charities been up to since that night? Well, since this time last year, the charity has celebrated 52 years of providing help and creating hope in the lives of thousands of people. They also moved to a larger facility which has allowed them to expand their existing programs and incorporate new ones. Being involved in the 7 Most Beautiful Women event meant the world to Angie. “It meant I had an opportunity to learn about local charities and the many generous hearts that keep them going,” she says. “I was so deeply honored to be a part of such a lovely evening with so many beautiful women.” She mentions how important the contest was to her charity and how wonderful it is to know that every dollar raised helped a family in need.

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BEAUTY GUIDE

They say that confidence breeds beauty. If you are looking for someone to help you be the best version of yourself, let us introduce you to some of the top beauty professionals in the Coastal Bend. They are here to listen, understand, and help you feel beautiful.

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CoolSculpting University Graduates Preferred Level in Zeltiq® Crystal Rewards CoolScultiping Program Alma Laser Certified Platinum Level with Allergen Aesthetics TVV Medispa is a physician supervised, full service, health and wellness medical spa. They offer a unique spa experience by providing medical services while keeping the atmosphere of a luxurious day spa. Dr. Javier Alonso heads the team and has a staff of caring, experienced, and personable experts.

Touchably Smooth, Hair-free Skin. In the past that meant enduring long, painful, multi-application treatments with unpredictable results. Not any more with Soprano ICE. ICE is a state-of-the-art treatment specially designed to remove unwanted hair quickly, comfortably, and with fewer visits than ever before. By targeting hair follicles with gentle pulses of laser energy, nearly any part of the body can be treated safely and comfortably. Soprano ICE…Virtually Painless Laser Hair Removal…Safe and Effective for All Skin Types. ICE treatments are safe all year round.

The TVV Medispa staff is committed to providing their patients with the best care possible. They want to help their patients feel as beautiful as possible and do so through their up-to-date training in advanced skincare technology. They customize treatments for each customer in order to fit their personal and unique needs and goals. They are the only practice in town that has two Coolsculpting machines. This means they are able to treat two areas of the body at the same time-which saves the patient time. They are also qualified to treat all nine areas of the body that are FDA approved.

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Procedures and services the medispa specializes in include: Coolsculpting, painless hair removal, tattoo removal, skin tightening, Photofacial, skin rejuvenation, Botox, Juvederm, and many more. Each of their services has the option to be customized to the patient as they strive for only the best results. At TVV Medispa, you will experience luxury services such as a dry sauna and massages. Their hope is to make each patient feel as beautiful as possible and receive a true pampering treatment. Giving women a boost of confidence, whether in skincare or body contouring, is what they are most proud of at TVV Medispa. They love empowering women to feel the best in their own skin.

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At Rose Cosmetic Surgery Center, it’s all about results. This is why people have traveled from all around the state for their cosmetic surgery needs. Dr. Keith Rose is a plastic surgeon who believes that listening to his patients and understanding their goals is the cornerstone of great results. He founded Rose Cosmetic Surgery Center to help patients at his Corpus Christi practice, and throughout the world, achieve the appearance of their dreams.

What is the “liquid” facelift? Patients come from around the state for Dr. Rose to perform rhytidectomy or facelift surgery. He also has patients that desire a “liquid” facelift when they are not quite ready for a surgical procedure or have certain budget constraints. In the right patient, a “liquid” facelift is a game changer. A “liquid” facelift is usually performed on a person that has volume loss in the face due to aging. By carefully filling and sculpting the proper aesthetic units in the face with dermal fillers, Dr. Rose can create a lifting effect in the facial skin envelope thus restoring a more youthful appearance. In the right patients, a “liquid” facelift with dermal fillers can be an economical life changing procedure.

Dr. Rose is an internationally recognized plastic surgeon who has performed plastic and reconstructive surgeries around the world for nearly two decades. He is the author of numerous papers on plastic surgery and has lectured on plastic surgery across the globe. Alongside his team at Rose Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Rose performs hundreds of surgical procedures a year with outstanding results and uncompromising safety standards. Dr. Rose and his team strive to provide clients with the highest level of personalized care, while creating natural looking results that turn their dreams into reality. They specialize in services, such as Facelift, Breast Augmentation, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) and Brazilian Butt Lift. Every case is rewarding. From the removal of the initial bandages after a facelift to the contouring of the body with liposculpture, each case provides a unique satisfaction for the team that is evident in the face and confidence of their patients. The Rose Cosmetic Surgery Center donates time and money to a number of charities and animal rescue programs. Dr. Rose is a frequent guest on the award winning radio show “Lago in the Morning” on 1360 KKTX iHeart Radio and has served on local boards in the past, such as the American Red Cross and the Corpus Christi Symphony. 50 The Bend

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Licensed Aestheticians & Massage Therapists Skincare Butik is somewhere in between both a day spa and a medical spa. Their philosophy is to deliver a spa-like day filled with relaxation, yet mix in customized treatments with the most current technology. Their staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality facial treatments and skincare products to the Coastal Bend. Their mantra is Inner Health = Outer Beauty. The skin is a map to show us what is going on inside your body, what is happening inside will affect how your skin looks and acts. Treating the cause rather than the symptom, by also addressing lifestyle and total well-being, is a much more effective way to create healthy skin that glows from within.

LumiLift Treatment. This one-of-a-kind ageless treatment integrates a trio of energy technologies for restored clarity and re-energized skin including led light, micro and galvanic currents. This unique skin rejuvenation system turns back the clock on sun-damage, acne, redness, uneven pigmentation and aging skin. Benefits include eliminating puffiness, fine lines, creases, and restoring a more youthful skin. It lifts and tones facial muscles, increases collagen production within the dermis and visible firming and tightening of the facial contour will be noticed. Typically purchased as a series for best results, however, one session will provide fantastic results.

At Skincare Butik, holistic alternatives are used in order to avoid cosmetic surgeries or invasive procedures. Catharina Pehrson, Owner and Aesthetician, has a vision to simply provide Butik guests with healthy, beautiful skin and to help clients age gracefully. Due to their intimate retail space, their experienced and knowledgeable staff, and their passion for healthy skin, each of their customers will leave feeling and looking their very best. Their services are focused on natural, correcting, and customized facials that include manual acupressure massage techniques, lymphatic drainage, and unique manipulations of the facial muscles. The Butik also offers resurfacing dermabrasion treatments, oxygen infusions to instantly rejuvenate the skin, and skin correcting LumiLift LED light therapy to name a few. They strive to bring clients the most effective treatments, combining the latest technology with the highest quality skincare products. Both Catharina and her staff have such a strong passion for skincare and are committed to helping each of their customers feel beautiful in their own skin. They are engaged and genuinely invested in the outcomes of each of their guests’ tailored treatment plan. By educating their guests, helping everyone reach their skincare goals, fostering the discovery of healthy skin, and individual beauty, they have helped so many people feel good in their skin.

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Recognized in National Publications including: W Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, & Marie Claire. Internationally Trained Stylists Atelier Salon is the premier salon of Corpus Christi. Their experienced and caring staff is comprised of amazing women whose main goals are to make their clients feel beautiful.

This look for Sonya Hill was painted and customized with Golden Blonde Balayage highlights throughout and ribbons of chocolates all while working with her natural brown palette. The soft brown root allows for a more natural look and grow out while the highlights around her her face and brighter ends give her a overall lighter look. The color combination of lowlights and highlights are perfect for her eyes and skin tone. Balayage is a highly specialized technique from France that we have numerous certifications in.

Atelier actually flies in French stylists that work at Paris Fashion Week in order to train their staff in the latest techniques and fashions. They are each required to participate in an apprenticeship program for 3-6 months and then complete an advanced education every 3 months after that. This ensures their staff is always on top of their game and will provide quality and consistency. At the salon, each stylist does not look at their clients as a “1 time visit.” They are trained to color/cut their clients hair, show them how to get the “salon look” at home by using the proper tools and products, and help them figure out when they need to come back for another visit. The team at Atelier truly invests time into their clients and cares about providing them with their best possible results. They specialize in the French haircutting and balayage (highlighting) method which focuses on technique, but also helps you find your personal harmony that is unique to you and your hair. They are the only salon in the area who have been mentioned in several national publications, such as Vogue, Elle, W, and Marie Claire. Atelier is good at what they do, but the thing they are most proud of is helping their clients enhance their natural beauty. They find joy in seeing the look on someone’s face when they finally see how beautiful they truly are.

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Dr. Lonnie Schwirtlich, MD: Doctorate in Medicine, Specializing in Emergency Medicine, from Baylor College of Mecicine and Board Certified in Emergency Medicine Angelica Jackson, MPAS PA-C: Board Certified Dermatol-

Halcyon now offers RADIESSE® for the Hands. RADIESSE improves the appearance of aging hands by immediately restoring volume loss in the back of hands for smooth, natural-looking results. The Hand Filler adds volume under the skin and over time Radiesse® will continue to stimulate the body’s own natural collagen.

ogy Physician Assistant, specializing in Aesthetic Medicine Lindsay Garcia, Lead Aesthetician: Degree in Cosmetology and Aesthetics from Del Mar College. Halcyon prides itself on maintaining a friendly, professional environment with the intent of creating a beautiful culture and experience that creates an amazing client experience. Their energetic team of Skinticians all share the same passion of offering the highest quality treatments delivered with gentle, spa hospitality and care. They strive to ensure the entire treatment process feel like a vacation. The team at Halcyon has a combined 30 years of experience treating patients. It is composed of Dr. Lonnie Schwirtlich, who specializes in Emergency Medicine; Angelica Jackson, who specializes in Aesthetic Medicine; and Lindsay Garcia, who specializes in Cosmetology and Aesthetics. They are all passionate about their expertise, but their primary purpose is to help guests at the medspa achieve their vision of appeal. A playground of contemporary relaxation, Halcyon specializes in a unique combination of state-of-the-art, non-invasive anti-aging skin care treatments. Services include Epidermal Leveling, IPL Laser Procedures, Medical Grade Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Facial/ Body Contouring. Their newest addition is IV Nutrition Therapy. They also offer a wide range of Botox®, Juvederm®, Restylane® and RADIESSE® treatments. Halcyon is determined to take guests on a modern day journey through every experience they offer. They want guests to leave educated and excited about their health and aesthetic design. They are humbled and excited when guests come back because they feel at home inside Halcyon.

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How to Choose your Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Choosing the right surgeon for all your medical cosmetic needs is one of the most important decisions you will make. O Did you know that in most states, including Texas, any licensed physician can perform cosmetic procedures without appropriate training? Finding a surgeon skilled in cosmetic surgery or cosmetic treatments is sometimes difficult. The most reliable method is to do your research. In today’s age of the internet and social media, information sources may be inaccurate, contradictory, and confusing. This can make your task very daunting and challenging. However, you can start by checking their credentials. Obviously, you shouldn’t go to a doctor because they are cheap. You should go to a doctor be-

Dr. Hervé Gentile is a Plastic Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Nose, Eyes, Breast, Tummy, & Body Contouring; as well as in Cosmetic Non-Surgical treatments such as Botox, Fillers, external Ultrasound, Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, etc. He offers the full spectrum of your cosmetic needs with personalized care in an accredited office surgical center. He was

cause you trust them. The utmost importance is trust and patient safety. Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to carefully and conscientiously research your surgeon to make sure that they have considerable experience in the procedure you are interested. They should have a stellar reputation and a resume of consistently favorable results. Plastic Surgery is a surgical super-specialty. To be accepted into their highly competitive training programs successful applicants must stand out from the others based on skills, recommendations, clinical achievements, and their examination scores. After your research, the office consultation is the next best way to evaluate the selection of your cosmetic surgeon. You need to be comfortable with them and also with their staff. A good surgeon should be an effective communicator, a patient listener to your concerns, as well as, a compassionate caregiver.

not only the first Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in South Texas, but was also the first to develop an in-office accredited surgical center which offers safety and privacy. For the last two decades, his practice has been devoted 100% to Cosmetic Surgery and Cosmetic Medicine. Dr. Hervé Gentile completed his prerequisite General Surgery and his Ear, Nose and Throat/ Head & Neck Surgery residency at the University of Maryland. He then completed a US approved Fellowship in Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgery in Italy; as well as a residency in Plastic Surgery at the Medical College

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Your surgeon should be driven by a passion for what they do. You should sense a love for their craft. Finding a surgeon with an artistic eye and a personal touch is very important. Finally, patients need surgical and non-surgical options when considering their needs. Finding a surgeon who offers both will increase the likelihood of satisfactory results. In the end, it is imperative to do your homework and make sure you choose a qualified Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Hervé Gentile is among the most experienced and respected Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons. He is one of the first Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. It is very important to do your research before choosing the right Plastic Surgeon for you.

Meet Dr. Hervé Gentile of Georgia (MCG). Dr. Herve` Gentile still holds an active teaching position as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at MCG. The Medical College of Georgia was the founding school of today’s Georgia Health Sciences University. Dr. Hervé Gentile is the only Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in South Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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Health | Fitness

'Sup Dog! Water Dog Floating Yoga adds a new twist to a growing fitness regime By: Jacqueline Gonzalez Photos: Rachel Benavides

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ater Dog seeks to provide a fun, refreshing way to connect with the outdoors while enjoying the Corpus Christi Marina.

Living in a beautiful, sunny area where the sound of the water relaxes you can sometimes provide the perfect note of inspiration. That’s what happened to Stacie and Josh Richline of Water Dog Floating Yoga. This power couple combined a love of fitness and dogs to add their own special flair to a fitness project they had in mind. Stacie, a school teacher, began dabbling in competitive sports at a very young age. She’s traveled and lived all over the world, including Nicaragua, Japan, and Abu Dhabi. However, the year-round outdoor atmosphere in Corpus Christi won her over as the perfect location for an outdoor floating yoga studio. Stacie believes that fitness is very important, yet much more enjoyable outdoors, and she wanted to share this with visitors and residents alike. Josh, a technologically-savvy businessman, is an active sailor, member of the Corpus Christi

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Yacht Club, and, with an extensive knowledge of boats, brings water safety expertise to the studio. Josh is also the mastermind behind the creativity of the directions to their location. What is floating yoga? Imagine the eclectic nature of yoga, add water, a fresh breeze, a paddle board, and quirky instructors, and you’ve got Water Dog Floating Yoga! Water Dog has been in business since June 2017, so all current classes are beginner level. Each class begins by clipping the boards to buoys, which allows the client to gain a comfort level on the board while ensuring safety; it also allows the client to assimilate to the movements of the water while gaining stability on the boards. The Richlines pride themselves on a fun and safe environment, so these beginner techniques are a must for each class. There are tons of reasons as to why yoga is extremely beneficial to your health. Frequent yoga increases flexibility and blood flow, builds muscle and bone strength, assists with weight loss, and helps maintain proper posture. These techniques also force your mind and body to relax. Combining all of these benefits, with the

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fun experience of doing yoga on a paddle board, is a sure way to stay fit and have fun! Water Dog offers a variety of popular classes including Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga (Level 1 and 2), SUPilates, and PaddleFit. Level 1 SUP Yoga consists of regular yoga techniques on a paddle board. Level 2 SUP yoga is the same as Level 1; however, this class has a more playful vibe, including more daring poses, done by experienced yogis. SUPilates combines mat Pilates and a paddleboard on water. This class allows the client to develop flexibility while strengthening their balance and stamina. The PaddleFit class is a full body core work out on a paddle board, including moves from both yoga and Pilates. Stacie offers reassurance to anyone reluctant to give floating yoga a try. “We will offer modifications to make beginners feel comfortable on the boards,” she mentions, “even if they have never done yoga or Pilates before!” Introductory workshops are also available for first time paddle board users, or those with minimal experience. The Marina does not have a physical address, so Josh used his technological creativity to locate


MEET THE TEAM: Stacie Richline: Co-owner, SUP Yoga Instructor Josh Richline: Co-owner, Boat Captain Heather McVay: Pilates/SUPilates Instructor Guest Instructors: Anastasia Nichols: Certified Personal Trainer, PaddleFit/ Yoga Instructor Josh Newton: Yoga Instructor Fun fact: The name Water Dog stems from the Richlines’ love for their dog, Habibi, combined with the downward facing dog yoga pose! How To Join: Cost is $25 per class, and $35 per workshop. The marina is behind locked gates; all clients must pre-register to ensure their spot. Don’t wait too long- there are only 8 spots per class! Visit waterdog.cc for class times and availability.

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Big things are on the horizon for Water Dog, as the Richlines just finished prepping a boat for their new venture. The top deck of the boat serves as a studio to hold a class of 10 people, and is being offered in addition to the SUP classes. Along with Yoga on a Boat, they are also considering a SUP with Pup event. Clients will be able to bring their dogs with them to practice yoga on the paddle boards. This new, fun fitness venue is a must, so grab a group and head on out to Water Dog Floating Yoga!

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Home & Garden SEPTEMBER 2017

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What’s Inside The Fall season is on the horizon, but here in the Coastal Bend, Summer tends to last a little longer than usual. Allow your home decor a soft-transition into Fall with this new and improved (and cooler) Fall color pallet.

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Fall is Coming Cozy up to cooler temps with a few of these ideas. By: Jo Anne Howell Photo: Rachel Benavides

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he line between Spring and Fall here in the Coastal Bend is rather fuzzy. Transitioning your home from a cool, lighter palette to a warmer, dark palette can be a hard task—especially when it feels like summer up until November. Who wants deep maroons, oranges, and browns in their house when it is still 90 degrees outside? The solution? Create a soft transition into Fall for your home with bold colors and warm tones. Fill your space with luxurious materials that will carry you through the autumn season. A dark teal and navy theme make for a great Fall palette without diving into the colors of Thanksgiving just yet.

Get ready, the holidays are around the corner, so sprucing up your guest bathroom will be a must. This jar of matches and festive candle are the perfect way to add a little color to the room. 

Paper place mats make for an easy welcome as friends and family gather around. Easy, disposable, and super stylish. Always a win. Match with a brass napkin ring and linen napkin and dinner is served.

A tisket a tassel! Add a lux tassel to your side table lamp's shade bracket. Spritz a few drops of perfume and have the lamp's light infuse the room.

Replace summer's greenery with natural wooden spheres in a large bowl. Plus, pumpkins are a fall favorite and what's more lux than velvet pumpkins that look great in groupings.

Add decorative throw pillows to your living room that have both patterns and texture. This will help your guests feel cozy as the seasons begin to change.

Pillows, ceramic bowl, wooden spheres, trinket box: Chic to Chic Hand towels and matches: Four Chicks in the Park Tassels, paper placemats, candle, velvet pumpkins, napkin rings: Gatherings Vanity container: Hanley Wood

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Color T Galore

reat yourself and your friends to a color bar! Lighten and brighten things up with pops of color. From your bar to barware, style bright and colorful pieces to enhance your surroundings. This vibrant bar enhances the already colorful home of Ray Davis—who kindly let us spruce his space up a bit.

Liven up your bar cart with fun and bright colors!

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This bar is made from a bright yellow furniture piece. Teal folding chairs were added on either side to add an upbeat balance and calming sense of symmetry. Gather your favorite liquor bottles and place them front and center on your bar. Pair with a personalized jigger and cheerful colored antique tumblers and complete your glass selection with style.

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Any South Texas bar cart should have the option of Topo Chico, which always adds an aesthetically pleasing touch. As for you trendy La Croix fans, add any of their flavored sparkling water cans (which come in a whole array of colors) to add even more hues to your pallet. Find books in various shades to add even more of a pop to the bar. You can use them as a decorative way to add layers of height to your display. Top it all off with lemons, limes, and oranges so your guests can have a wide array of garnishing options. No matter how you style your bar cart, do it with style and you’ll leave your guests wanting another invite to your next gathering!


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Bart Braselton 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.

Built for Families Braselton Homes has always been a family owned and operated business. From its founding three generations ago, our family has made it a priority to bring quality, affordable, beautiful homes to the families of Corpus Christi. As the kids head back to school, we remember that when we design our neighborhoods, we are thinking of families and their children. Neighborhoods such as our Hunter’s Creek are designed within walking distance to local schools. This is a back-to-basics mentality, trying to give busy families back that priceless commodity, time with each other, and give our neighborhoods a sense of community as families gather at the local school, or one of our parks, or one our bike trails. Our focus on family doesn’t just encompass our day jobs, building homes. This month, as The Bend focuses on local ladies who are beautiful inside and out, we are proud of our own family member Michelle Braselton, my wife. Besides spending her time chasing after our four year old twins and shepherding her oldest through college, Michelle dedicates her time to many worthy causes in our community that support our local families.

She and I served as chairs for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball several years ago, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for life saving research, and Michelle has been a member of the organization’s Circle of Red for years as well. She serves on the board of the Food Bank of Corpus Christi as well as volunteering time at the ECF Community Center and supporting Fish for Life Ministries, New Life Refuge Ministries, and the Salvation Army. Michelle is perhaps best known for “clowning around” as a Clown who Cares, visiting kids at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Our family mission is always supporting families, helping them to realize the American Dream and have a beautiful home to return to each day, and we thank Michelle for her tireless efforts to support local families in so many other ways as well.

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.

From our family to yours, we’re so proud of our heritage of making the Coastal Bend more and more beautiful, one family and one family home at a time. See you in the neighborhood, Bart Braselton

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Home & Garden | Gardening

The Ideal Plants for a Native Landscape Three Native Plants to Start Your Native Landscape

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ative plants are vastly under-utilized in the landscapes of The Bend. That is unfortunate, because native plants are durable, drought-tolerant, and stunningly beautiful in full bloom. Native plants are the future of sustainable landscapes—we should get to know them better. We asked Native Dave, the top native plantsman in South Texas, to recommend his favorite plants. Native Dave is actually a family team of David, Christy, and Sage Ilfrey. Native Dave has been designing and planting Texas landscapes for thirty years. You can see their work at Palmilla Beach Golf Club, Benjamin’s, and the Marine Science Institute. Native Dave suggested these three plants to bring native color and form to your fall landscape. The dune sunflower offers dazzling color in fall; woolly stemodia provides hardy flowering ground cover, and Gulf muhly is a lovely grass with soft pink blossoms. Here are some tips for growing them.

Dune Sunflower (Helianthus debilis) Plant dune sunflower in sandy or clay-rich soil in full sun with a spacing of 24 inches. Dune sunflower grows into a low mounding shrub about

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eighteen inches in height. This plant provides color and structure year-round, with rich yellow blooms in summer and fall.

Woolly Stemodia (Stemodia tomentosa) Woolly stemodia is a soft, silvery groundcover that blooms profusely with tiny purple flowers. It is a full sun plant that makes an excellent groundcover and understory. In the fall, this plant attracts western pygmy blue butterflies by the hundreds. Plant woolly stemodia in sandy or clay-rich soil at eighteen-inch spacing. Lightly mulch around the plants and water them in until they are established.

Gulf Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) Gulf muhly is a native grass that grows in rounded clumps. These plants are particularly beautiful in fall, when they put on lovely soft pink blooms. You can see hundreds of Gulf muhly in Downtown Corpus Christi on the median of Shoreline Boulevard. You can find these container-grown plants ready to plant in your landscape through Native Dave’s nursery at nativedave.com or by calling (361) 549-2503.

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Out & About SEPTEMBER 2017

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What’s Inside Birds in Art demonstrates the unique relationship between humans and their feathered friends in Rockport Center for the Arts’ newest exhibit.

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Birds of a Feather The unique relationship between humans and their feathered friends By: Haylee Uptergrove Photos: Courtesy of the Rockport Center for the Arts

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or years, artists, poets, writers, and everyday people have connected with birds in nature. We see the way our winged companions fly through the air, how they seemingly rise above our human problems, and we feel empowered by them. We are strengthened by their flight. We are amazed by their grace. We are inspired by their beauty. In Rockport Center for the Arts’ most recent exhibit, Birds in Art, the unique relationship between humans and birds is explored and celebrated by a wide array of artists in their beautifully-detailed creations. Since 1976, this prestigious, internationally-curated exhibit has presented the best contemporary art interpretations with avian subject matter. Now in its fifth decade, Birds in Art is recognized around the world as the golden standard for avian art, and has for years showcased the talents of more than 1,000 artists from around the globe.

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Luis Puron, the Executive Director for the Rockport Center for the Arts, praised the exhibit, saying it is an honor for the Coastal Bend to be able to feature this unique showcase. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people in Texas, its four bordering states, and Northern Mexico to experience the best avian art in the world,” Puron said. “I am very excited about the possibilities for Birds in Art as an educational resource, a major economic driver, and a source for tourism for our city.” Birds in Art will have a two-month run in Rockport, opening to the general public on September 17, and will go until November 18. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to come enjoy this special exhibit, which not only showcases international artists, but will also feature a little Lone Star flair. Three artists who live and work in Texas will be featured in the exhibit: James Offeman of Missouri City, Debbie Stevens of Cypress, and Kent Ullberg


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The show will contain two and three-dimensional works, fifty of which are paintings and works on paper, as well as ten sculptures. No matter the subject, from garden and backyard feeder favorites to aquatic birds, or exotic species from around the world, an international cast of artists have employed diverse styles and mediums to interpret birds and their natural habitats.

of Corpus Christi. Offeman was selected as the poster artist for Rockport’s Art Festival in 2001, and Stevens will fill the roll in 2018. Ullberg, Puron says, needs no introduction.

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Originally from Sweden, Ullberg now calls the Coastal Bend home. With 18 different works featured around Corpus and the surrounding areas, he has certainly left his unique mark on the Sparkling City by the Sea. Jean Giesey, the 2017 President of the Board of Directors for the Center, said this exhibit’s unique works of art are well anticipated after the success of its previous run in 2013. “The upcoming Birds in Art promises to be equally impressive, encompassing many different mediums both whimsical and enigmatic,” she said. “I am so looking forward to Rockport’s opportunity to share in this experience.” Perhaps one of the best parts of this exhibit is its versatility in both showcasing the beauty of nature and transfixing the human mind. According to Puron, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this exhibit, from art lovers, to nature enthusiasts, to bird watchers alike. “Mankind’s fascination with birds, bird symbols, and avian art is universal,” Puron said. “To be captivated by the harmony and serenity of the natural world is part of the human condition. As a promoter of arts and culture, I hope Birds in Art answers questions and creates new ones.”

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A Picnic in the Park Alexandra’s 2nd Birthday By: Jo Anne Howell Photos By: Jason Page

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wispy and fun picnic in the park is how Alexandra Rothschild celebrated her second birthday. A picnic spread welcomed guests with wooden pallets on the lawn, draped with blankets and cozy pillows made for a beautiful, crisp fall November day in the park. Oversized florals and greenery in baskets adorned the pallets, as well a gorgeous charcuterie spreads on marble boards. The bar was set with sparkling waters, fresh squeezed lemonade for the kids, and spirits for the grown-ups. A bow-tied bartender mixed drinks and kept the guests’ thirsts quenched all day!  Lunch was served on antique tables covered with greenery and floral wreaths. Chicken salad sandwiches, gourmet hotdogs, and homemade chips and fresh fruit were the fare. 

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Party activities included sidewalk chalk, water coloring, homemade lavender bubbles, and precious tipis for tiny tea parties. Almond cake draped with fresh lavender was served after singing Happy Birthday to Miss Alex and lemon lavender donuts were placed on stands upon an antique garden cart.  No picnic in the park is complete without furry bunnies that tickle the noses of the smallest guests. Fresh carrots and lettuce were placed in baskets for feeding the new furry friends and as bunnies do, they hopped around the party, making for a giggling good time.  Guests could help themselves to candy berries in trays that hung from the trees, as well as cotton candy pouches. Favors included watercolors

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September Mark Your Calendar

BENEFIT 7 Most Beautiful Women: Inside & Out September 28th It’s that time of year for The Bend Magazine’s third annual 7 Most Beautiful Women: Inside & Out Celebration and Fundraiser! Join us as we celebrate seven of the Coastal Bend’s most incredible, selfless, and beautiful women. Each one has a heart of gold and a charity worth supporting! Head to the Omni for a night to honor these lovely ladies and fundraise for seven different great causes. Tickets are $45 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the winning charity. Can’t wait to see you there! Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 361-792-3606, thebendmag.com

ARTS Arts Alive! September 2nd-3rd What a wonderful way to celebrate Labor Day! In a perfect display of the hundreds of talented artists located in Corpus Christi and around the Coastal Bend, the Arts Alive Labor Day Weekend Festival on the Marina promises a beautiful array of local creations sure to fill your weekend with color! Whether you’re an art aficionado or a newbie to the craft, head down to the Marina for food trucks, music, and lovely local artwork! Art Center of Corpus Christi, 361-884-6406, artcentercc.org

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Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration September 14th-17th

COMMUNITY Casa De Amor Gala September 7th As many know, Corpus Christi is blessed with a unique community of tight-knit, charitable givers, eager to extend a hand in any way they can. The Casa De Amor Gala is an opportunity to honor a couple of those special people: Lia & Tim Lange, who are well known for their charitable contributions to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi. It’s sure to be an exciting night, with dinner, entertainment, and a special appearance by American football icon Emmitt Smith! Seating is limited though, so make sure to order your tickets soon. Soloman P. Ortiz Center, 361-854-4073, rmhcofcc.org

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They flap their little wings and captivate with their beauty, lightheartedness, and joy, and at the Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration, you can enjoy a full festival celebrating the unique creatures that are hummingbirds! Birdwatcher enthusiasts, nature lovers, or simply curious onlookers can revel in the fall migration of Ruby-throated hummingbirds through the Coastal Bend. Make sure you check it out before the head South in search of warmer weather (as if that’s possible)! Aransas County ISD School Complex, rockport-fulton.org

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Corpus Christi is rich in a wide array of cultures, and we love celebrating the diversity that makes this place so unique! What better way to celebrate part of our heritage than by celebrating at the Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Community Festival and Mercado! The Festival will serve as a community wide celebration of the wonderful diversity we are able to celebrate in Corpus. There will be a local and international vendor Mercado, Food Truck Park, and an Entertainment Stage, so believe us when we say this is a festival you don’t want to miss. The event will kick off the Chamber’s National Hispanic Heritage Month that runs from September 15 to October 15 of each year. Solomon P. Ortiz Center Outdoor Plaza, unitedcorpuschristichamber.com

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Classic Rock and Ride Motorcycle Run September 8th-9th If you have a set of (two) wheels, then the 8th Annual 104.5 Rock and Ride Motorcycle Run is right up your alley! The ride goes all around Corpus Christi Bay, N. Padre Island & Mustang Island, and 100% of registration fees will benefit active duty military. The Rock & Ride Packet Pickup Party and free concert at Brewster Street starts on Friday at 5 PM, with the ride starting bright and early Saturday morning at 9 AM at Corpus Christi Harley Davidson. After a great day of riding around the Bend, the final festival and concert will be held at the Water’s Edge Park, located directly on the bay and McGee Beach. Riders will receive a free t shirt, swag bag, and a Rock & Ride Downton Pub Crawl wrist band.

Head to Port Aransas for a fun evening celebrating the new art center! There’s no better way to get excited about the arts than with a street dance, some delicious barbecue, a live auction, and live music by Latin Talk! Talk about a perfect South Texas evening on our lovely little island, complete with complimentary, beer, wine, and margaritas. Bbq, music, art, AND margaritas? Sign us up!

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Cuisine SEPTEMBER 2017

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What’s Inside Serving up fresh, authentic sushi in your own home doesn’t have to be easier said than done! Bring the streets of Japan to your kitchen with this homemade recipe!

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Cuisine | Farm to Table

Sushi at Home By: Kayla & Justin Butts Photos: Rachel Benavides :

Bring the streets of Japan to your kitchen table

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y all accounts, the best sushi in the world is served on the sidewalks of Japan. As you weave your way through the bustling crowds of the big cities, there are thousands of street vendors with carts, one after another, selling sushi. These street vendors are actually artisan chefs at the top of their game. You might see an ancient old man behind his cart with white hair and deep lines in his face, but his fast expert hands deftly roll your sushi as you watch. It is the best thing you have ever tasted! You also might pass a tiny two-wheeled cart with a serious young female chef rapidly serving nigiri to a line of people who take their order and briskly walk away while eating. The nigiri of this unknown chef is world-class, better than anything you will find at a five-star restaurant back in the United States.

are thousands of chefs on the streets competing for the passing crowds of highly sophisticated diners. If a vendor offers a less-than-spectacular dish, the locals will simply bypass that cart and line up at the next. Each piece of sushi must be its own work of art. A mediocre chef will not last a week on the streets of Japan. Second, the ingredients are of the highest quality. The seafood arrives freshly-caught on boats just minutes away from the sidewalk vendors. Sometimes you can see the boats unloading within view of the cart where a chef is preparing your roll. The fish is so fresh that chefs must often let it sit for a while to develop its flavor. Serving great sushi at home is not nearly as difficult as you think. In this recipe, we will help you make unbelievably good sushi on your first try.

Why is the sushi on the sidewalks of Japan so unbelievably good? First, the competition is fierce and relentless. There

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Types of Sushi Maki: Strips of fish, vegetables, herbs, etc., encased in rice and wrapped in nori and cut into slices. Futomaki: What one thinks of as a sushi roll; fish, vinegared rice, and other ingredients rolled in nori. Temaki: Literally “hand roll”; rice and

Uramaki: commonly known as an “inside-out roll”; a maki roll where the fish and vegetables are on the interior of the roll, followed by nori, and lastly a layer of rice. Sashimi: Raw slices of fish served on their own or with a sauce or vegetable. Nigiri: A slice of raw fish on top of a mound of rice, often with a small dab of wasabi. Sushi rice should be sweet and stick together when pressure is applied--never slimy, mushy, or al dente. Sushi rice can easily be prepared via stovetop in minutes.

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mediocre sushi, you know the chef cut corners on the quality of the ingredients— there is no hiding it. The first and most important ingredient is rice. In a typical Japanese supermarket, there are more than 200 varieties of rice on the shelves. Even a tiny gas station will sell twenty or thirty types of rice. We have several Asian markets in The Bend that feature authentic sushi rice and other must-have ingredients. Sushi-grade seafood can be found at a good local fishmonger. Gulf shrimp and flounder are excellent in sushi. Ask for sushi-grade tuna, salmon, roe, squid, and shellfish. Sushi-grade seafood is frozen at a very low temperature to help ensure the fish are safe to consume raw. Sushi is an art form best practiced at home. Your only competition is the last roll you made, and each one just gets better. This is an art you will love learning to master.

Sushi Rice Makes: about 4 rolls Prep time: 3 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked short- or medium-grain rice 2 cups of water, plus more to rinse rice ½ cup rice vinegar ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt Directions: In a colander, rinse rice with cool running water while stirring and agitating with your fingers until water runs clear. Place rice in a 4 quart pot and cover with 2 cups water. Bring water

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to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. While water boils, combine vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Stir until sugar and salt are mostly dissolved. Cook the rice in boiling water for 2 minutes. Cover rice and move pot to the smallest burner on your stove top. Continue to heat rice on the lowest heat setting, stirring once to prevent the bottom layer of rice from burning. Remove from heat once rice has absorbed all the water. Let the rice cool to about body temperature. Add vinegar mixture to cooked rice and stir until liquid is absorbed, taking care not to mash rice. Cover with a damp towel to keep rice from drying out with preparing sushi.

Gulf Shrimp Uramaki Makes: 1 roll Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 2 minutes Ingredients: ¼lb raw gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined Heavy pinch salt ½ tsp Chinese five spice

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1 sheet of nori (dried seaweed) 1/3 cup prepared sushi rice ¼ avocado, thinly sliced ¼ cucumber, seeded, and thinly sliced length-wise ¼ red bell pepper, seeded with pith removed, thinly sliced length-wise 1/8 mango, thinly sliced length-wise 1 scallion with end removed 2 sprigs fresh cilantro Optional: 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds or roe to garnish Directions: Place 2 cups water, salt, and Chinese five spice in a small pot over high heat. Add shrimp to the pot once it begins to boil and cook for about a minute, until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and reserve to the side. Cover your sushi mat with a sheet of cling wrap. Place a sheet of nori on your mat, with the longest side facing you. Spoon rice onto the nori. Wet your hands with water and using your fingers spread rice to cover the surface of the nori leaving only the top ½” uncovered. About two inches from the bottom of the roll, place avocado end to end in a horizontal line across the length of the nori. Repeat with

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remaining ingredients, including reserved shrimp. Pick up the end of the bamboo mat closest to you, and while securing the inner components with your fingers, roll the mat away from you with a fair amount of pressure. Continue to roll the mat away from you, adjusting mat as necessary. Leaving cling wrap intact around the formed roll makes the roll easy to cut. Using a wet, sharp knife, cut the roll into 1/2” sections. Remove the cling wrap and garnish with sesame seeds or roe if desired. Serve roll with pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, and spicy mayo (see recipe).

Spicy Mayo Serves: 8 Prep time: 2 minutes Ingredients: ¼ cup high-quality mayonnaise (recommend Duke’s) 1 tbsp, plus 1 tsp sriracha sauce Directions: In a small bowl, mix mayo and sriracha well. Add more sriracha if desired.


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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 editor@thebendmag.com 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, Facebook.com/8tecctx 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, Andyskitchen.com 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, Atomicomelette.com 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, Citrusbistro.com 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, theexchangecc.com

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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, Hamlinpharmacy.com 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, Iriesislandfood.com

MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen $$

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

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

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A Fresh Kick By: Jinky Romero Photos: Rachel Benavides

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alt Tequila Bar, known for their impressive collection of Tequila and Mezcal, is out to introduce the dynamic of tequila as more than just a shot to the people of the Coastal Bend. The bar, which can be found inside the Havana Club, is Cancun inspired. The walls are decorated with fresh green succulents and the wooden bar, from the table to the shelves, is hand-crafted to perfection. Among Salt’s wide selection of unique margarita flavors is their spicy, yet refreshing, Watermelon

Jalapeno Margarita. The drink is made by muddling one slice of jalapeno (if you want it to be extra spicy, you can ask them to leave some of the seeds in there!) with their house tequila, Milagro, then mixed with watermelon juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, a little bit of agave nectar and simple syrup, and then more tequila. The flavor dynamic of the drink, a little sweet, spicy, and really refreshing, makes up the unique taste that is very South Texas. The tequila is smooth and the watermelon fresh, creating a delicious fusion that will have you ordering another glass right after the other.

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There are three types of tequila, depending on how long they’re aged. The silver one is normally not aged at all, the reposada is tequila that’s been aged for more than two months, and the añejo is any tequila aged past nine months! The longer the tequila’s been aged, the more flavorful it is.


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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, surfsidesandwichshoppe.com

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, Facebook.com/imperialcafe

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, facebook.com/TheBlueClove

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, Takeniwa.com

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, Omnihotels.com

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, Facebook.com/thegrillingleside

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, mikecottensbbq.com 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, Thegrooverockport.com

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, thepostlamarpark.com 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, Facebook.com/town-country-cafe

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 facebook.com/akasushidowntowncc

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, Hoegemeyers.com ll

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Boathouse Bar & Grill $$ The best thing about the Boathouse Bar & Grill is that there’s something for everyone; a mouthwatering menu, 4 full bars with HDTVs, waterfront patio dining, friendly service, and a fun, relaxing atmosphere. 15241 Leeward Dr, (361) 589-9601, Boathousepadreisland.com Brewster Street Ice House $$ 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, Brewsterstreet.net

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, Finsgrillandicehouse.com 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, Stingraystaphouse.com

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

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, Bonna-petit.com 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, Rockportdailygrind.com

Fillingood Bakery $ With fresh bread baked in house, they make breakfast and lunch a delight! 3819 S Alameda St., (361) 225-4663, fillingoodbakery.com 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, Hesterscafe.com

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, Waterstreetmarketcc.com/executive-surf-club

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Although they don’t serve alcoholic beverages, Café Italia has a B.Y.O.B. policy, no fee, for any day and any time of the week.

A Taste of Italy Business partners and long-time friends, Braulio Calzada and Seval Halili, came to Corpus Christi from North Texas looking to serve the people of the Coastal Bend with what they believed it needed more of: truly authentic Italian food. By: Jinky Romero Photos: Rachel Benavides

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he Italian restaurant opened their doors in April of this year and in that little time, have already gained themselves regulars and customers who swear by their unique and authentic Italian taste—some have even called the restaurant Corpus’ “best kept secret.” Their menu boasts of wide selections of salads, Italian subs, homemade pasta, and Neapolitan and gourmet pizza. With so much to offer, their specialties don’t just end with one dish. Their seafood combo is a combination of sautéed shrimp, clams, mussels, and calamari over homemade linguine pasta in red sauce. The sauce is light, which allows you to taste every bit of the pasta, and has a great and distinct tangy flavor that complements the fresh seafood perfectly. Another specialty dish they have, which is also their best-seller, is the Pasta Trio. The dish has lasagna, chicken parmesan, and

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fettucine Alfredo, all homemade from the pasta to the sauce, and all on one plate! The dish is perfect for the customers who just want to try everything. They also have vegetarian options, like their scrumptious Eggplant Parmesan. Café Italia also serves mouth-watering desserts. Their Italian Cream Cake, Blackforest Cheesecake, and Tiramisu are just some of the sweet options— all of which, much like the rest of their menu, will have you talking about it for days. With its authentic taste, excellent customer service, and passion of the people behind it, it’s no wonder Café Italia is rapidly becoming a local favorite.

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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, Facebook.com/hulapeach 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, Jbsgermanbakery.com

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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, Sugarbakerscc.com

French Bleu Bistro $$$ True playful twists to classic French bistro dishes. The chef’s commitment to the use of fresh, local, peak-ofthe-season products is evident in the quality of each dish. 500 N Water St, (361) 887-2121, Bleubistrocc.com Dragonfly $$$ 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, Facebook.com/dragonfly-restaurant 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, Eatmorepizza.com

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, Bellalunadowntown.com

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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, Bellinotexas.com

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, Brooklynpie.com 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, Grimaldispizzeria.com

House of Rock $ Great pizza and appetizers, cold beer, and live entertainment! Does it get any better? 511 Starr St, (361) 882-7625, Texashouseofrock.ticketfly.com Mamma Mia’s $$$ Warm and cozy mom and pop Italian experience will make you feel like family. Entrées are delicious Italian culture on a plate. 128 N Mesquite St, (361) 8833773, Facebook.com/mamma-mias Mesquite St. Pizza and Pasta Co. $$ 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, Eatpizzadowntown.com 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, Padrepizzeria.com Port “A” Pizzeria $$ Bring the kids, as this family-friendly pizzeria offers an all-day buffet, video games and draft beer. Or, order straight off the menu! 407 E Avenue G, (361) 7495226, Portapizzeria.com Trattoria Taddei $$ 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, Trattoriataddei.com [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, Venetianhotplate.com

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, Gingercafecc.com

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, Costasurcc.com

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, Docseafoodandsteaks.com 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, Glowrockport.com

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, Harrisonslanding.net


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Cuisine | Dining Guide Island Time Sushi Bar & Seafood Grill $$ Stop in for fresh and inventive sushi, seafood, appetizers and desserts! Check out the weekday specials! 14225 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-3046, Facebook.com/islandtimesushi Laguna Reef $$ 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, Bluffslanding.com/restaurant.php

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, Blacksheepbistro.net

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, Latituderockport.com

Liberty Hall $$ Herbs and vegetables grown on site, your dining experience will be unforgettable! 106 E. Cotter, (361) 749-4888 facebook.com/LibertyHallPortA Lisabella’s Bistro $$$ 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, Cinnamonshore.com Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge $$ At Rock & Rolls, they’re dishing out the most delectable and delicate fish from islands all over the world. Delight in a “sound check” or cold appetizer, an “opening act” or hot appetizer, then “plug in” for some rolls and sashimi! 15121 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 9491110, Rockandrollssushi.com Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn $$$ 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, Rooseveltsatthetarponinn.com 96 The Bend

Saltwater Grill $$ Unique family atmosphere with fresh and tasty seafood that will leave you coming back for more. 2401 Cimarron Blvd, (361) 993-7258, Saltwatergrillcc.com Scuttlebutt’s Bar & Grill $$ 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, Scuttlebuttsbarandgrill.com

Seafood & Spaghetti Works $$ A unique dining experience, you’ll find the very best in seafood, steak, Italian dishes, pizza, soups, and desserts all made from scratch. 901 S Alister St, (361) 749-5666, seafoodandspaghettiworks.com Shells $$ 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, Eatatshells.com Shempy’s Grill $$ Laid-back setting with a variety of delightfully cooked fish will turn anyone into a seafood lover. 3913 Highway 35 S, (361) 727-0019, Facebook.com/Shempys Snoopy’s Pier $$ 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, Snoopyspier.com 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, Tsbag.com

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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, Waterstreetmarketcc.com

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, Waterstreetmarketcc.com 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 $$$ Sets the standard for premier fine dining experience. Prime steakhouse specializes in dry-aged prime beef and fresh gulf coast seafood. 5702 Spohn Dr, (361) 884-1221, Katz21.com Niko’s Steakhouse $$$ 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, Nikossteakhouse.com

Republic of Texas $$$$

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) 887-1600, Omnihotels.com

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

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, Vietnam-restaurant.com


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History | Looking Back

Lichtenstein department store’s final location was 401 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, as seen on February 20, 1942.

Shopping in Style For almost a century, Lichtenstein’s department store was the popular place to be when experiencing downtown Corpus Christi. By: Jillian Becquet Photo: Courtesy of the John Fred’k ‘Doc’ McGregor Collection at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

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efore shopping malls and stores lined the SPID corridor, Corpus Christians looked downtown for most of their shopping needs. Moritz Lichtenstein arrived in Texas in 1857 from Germany, and by 1874 he opened Lichtenstein’s department store in a rented space. As shoppers lined the streets to shop downtown in the decades that followed, Lichtenstein’s expanded as the city grew and soon became the city’s largest department store. After its original location, it occupied another two locations before building its final store, which opened in 1941 at Chaparral and Lawrence. Visits to Lichtenstein’s weren’t simple trips to just drop in quickly to pick up a new shirt or dress. To modernize the experience in 1911, the third location (Chaparral and Schatzel) boasted

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the city’s first elevators and was one of the first with a sprinkler system. The final store stood at 80,000 square feet and was such an icon downtown that it was even featured on postcards, stating the store was designed to “make every-day shopping a thrilling experience.” The mezzanine featuring a tea room was a popular lunch destination. It also served as a centerpiece of the popular Christmas decorations known as Peppermint Lane, a favorite memory for many shoppers. This family-owned company was an anchor of the downtown experience until the 1970s. Today, this building is gone, but its original architecture is mirrored in the new construction of The Cosmopolitan apartments, built in its place.

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