“I think the space in general is completely unmatched in the area,” explains Vanessa. The Majestic is one of just seventeen atmospheric theatres still operating in the United States. It really is the crown jewel of Houston Street. Some locals still remember it from its movie-house days. They like to return to re-live and learn about its history, and to see how that rich tradition is informing its colorful future.
“San Antonio is still a place where you can show up and make a difference,” says Peter French, Director of Development at Graystreet Partners. “The feeling of opportunity here is still really exciting and kind of contagious. And that hasn’t waned.”
One of the major avenues for UTSA’s future growth became apparent last fall, when the university announced that in partnership with local entrepreneur and philanthropist Graham Weston, The City of San Antonio, and Bexar County, the UTSA Downtown Campus would expand throughout the urban core as a distributed campus, bringing unprecedented amounts of academic and economic activity to downtown.
Downtown Houston Street embodies a lot of the center city’s momentum. New housing, retail, and tech jobs are just a few of the changes it has experienced over the past few years. We have noticed another big change: coffee shops. It seems like every other month a new local coffee purveyor comes to Houston Street. We wanted to highlight some and give you the insider secrets to experiencing San Antonio’s “Caffeine Corridor.”
“I’ve met a lot of good people and made a lot of great friends,” says Arturo Torres III, owner of Pub Run San Antonio. For the uninitiated: No, you do not have to run. “It’s a walking tour of the bars of Downtown San Antonio,” Arturo explains.
“I’ve been offered Barbecue to bring it to peoples’ houses,” jokes Centro Ambassador Jeff Cartmill, as he operates the All-Terrain Litter Vacuum (ATLV). It’s probably the most intriguing tool employed by the Centro Ambassador team. That’s why it appears as the focal point of the Official 2019 Centro San Antonio Fiesta Medal.
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!