There’s a lot happening along the downtown section of Houston Street these days. From “The Spot on Houston” and “Lunch Break” events to new creative office space, retail, and culinary options, there’s a lot to be excited about. So we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favorite Houston Street highlights.
He remembers this concept playing out one day near the Buckhorn Museum, when Bob spotted a man who appeared ill. “I was a firefighter paramedic,” he explains. “So I know when people aren’t doing well.” Luckily, Bob was able to escort the man, who was diabetic, to the nearest Walgreens to acquire the insulin he desperately needed. Once the man had taken his medicine, Bob walked with him back to his hotel. “You do what you gotta do,” says Bob, “You’re out there to help people.”
So you’ve got some time off this Spring. What do you do? Christina Olivarez and Stefanie “Stenny” Amezcua want you to look at what Downtown San Antonio has to offer. We explored some spots with them and even got to witness some of their downtown firsts!
The Burns Building was once a facet of the iconic retail district along Houston Street in the early-to-mid 20th Century. However, Hugh Burns (for whom the building is named) originally intended it to be a “splendid office building,” as the Rivard Report recounted in 2017. Thanks to an ambitious downtown developer, the building is recapturing some of its retailing spirit while achieving the vision of its founder.
Today, cultures meet at this place in a very different way. “We are a cosmopolitan oasis,” says Suhail Arastu, Director of Advancement at Musical Bridges Around the World, “We should recognize and promote that.” One of the many ways Musical Bridges is doing just that is through their programming at San Fernando Cathedral.
“I think it’s important to have locally-owned businesses downtown because the owners live and work and play in the neighborhood,” explains Larry Rosenberger, owner of of Kilwins San Antonio. Larry is a downtown resident and is very involved with downtown facets like Hemisfair’s Super Saturdays and Centro San Antonio’s Homeless Outreach Program.
In 2013, after some time at St. Philip’s College, one of Darshelle’s family members fell ill and she started looking for work to help her family. She headed downtown to look for opportunities. Darshelle remembers the day she encountered a Centro San Antonio Ambassador near the Drury Hotel, who referred her to the Centro Operations Center for job opportunities.
Awhile back we talked to Brandon Sherouse from the Downtowners. You can check out that story here. While we were talking, Brandon brought up all his favorite downtown San Antonio hangouts, dives, artists, and businesses. We have distilled his recommendations into a list of the “Ten Downtown Trending” that you need to check out in the New Year.
“One of the best things that’s happened is not all the pretty new buildings,” Dr. Gilger says of the hospital’s growth, “but the people who have come here.”