The sculpture sat in his studio for several years. He offered it to one of his artist friends to see what he could make of it, but the object didn’t garner much interest. It was only when he began researching the sculpture that he uncovered its surprising origins.
Jim Wueste had no plans to be a firefighter. But his friend Tabby did. It was their senior year in high school and with his car in the shop, Tabby asked Jim for a ride downtown to sign up for the test. “The test was the next Wednesday. Well, he was smart enough to know that his car was still going to be in the shop then, so he signed me up too.”
“Sunset Sessions” by Sound Cream Airstream is THE spot in Downtown San Antonio this summer. The greenspace came alive with beats usually reserved for Friday spots like Tucker’s. Yet families came from all over to experience these Wednesday nights at the Pearl.
Downtown parking isn’t too shabby. But what if you’re not a vehicle owner? What if you’re trying to save money on gas? What if you’re focused on cutting down on your carbon emissions? There are people living, working and visiting downtown who have the answers.
“At the end of the year we are successful in helping over a million people.” Says Mike Pacheco, who has been General Manager of the Centro Ambassador program since 2009. This hard work takes dedication, stewardship, and a friendly smile. “My favorite part of the job is the people… I have met people from all over the world; India, Australia, you name it. Every day I get asked questions…I answer as many and all that I can,” says Cecil Bullock, who has been a cleaning ambassador for a year and a half.
“67% of American women are above a size 14. The fashion landscape doesn’t really cater to what is now the average American woman. Many of the boutiques we have in San Antonio are wonderful but they may only go up to a size large or XL. My goal is to serve the under-served demographic,” says Elsa Fernandez, owner of Eye Candy Boutique.
It started out as a meeting of industry leaders at Bakery Lorraine, but quickly grew into a movement, galvanized by a rally held at the Pearl. When Ashley Jones attended the inaugural Tech Bloc rally in May 2015, she could not have imagined she would eventually become the Operations and Community Manager of the organization. It was attended by 600 individuals who gathered not only to keep rideshare in San Antonio, but create an organization to represent the growing tech community in the city. They succeeded on both counts.
“This is a series that reflects on the rose window,” she says, indicating her earrings clearly designed with San Antonio flair. “I tried to echo the city’s aesthetic while also channeling my own personal, sort of minimalist style.” Brandi Garcia designs and makes all the jewelry found at her quaint shop behind the Little Church of La Villita. B-Link Designs has an accessible yet elegant feel that breathes something new into the historic arts village. This summer will mark one year for the business in its newest location.
Several days ago, a commentary appeared in the Rivard Report that posed and attempted to answer the question, “What defines the San Antonio brand?” It is a great question. It’s also a question that will more than likely elicit a different response depending on whom you ask.