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Photo Essays of the San Antonio Business Community

A Tricentennial Project

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Garcia Art Glass

Garcia Art Glass, Inc. opened in 1998 as the first hot glass studio in downtown San Antonio, TX. Specializing in the functional to the whimsical, these one-of-a-kind hand blown art creations always enrich their environment while evoking wonder and amazement.    Garcia Art Glass www.garciaartglass.com 715 S Alamo 210-354-4681  Founder and Creative Director, Gini Garcia, has...

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Schilo’s

Schilo's is the OLDEST restaurant in San Antonio. I was able to attend their 100 year celebration which consisted of German singing and the best root beer I've ever had. The restaurant is now owned by the Lyons family which operates historic Casa Rio next door. I loved hearing about...

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Blue Star Press

Remember that adult coloring book craze last Christmas? It was all over the news and all over the bookstores. Well, it's all thanks to Blue Star Press which started right here in San Antonio. Even though they work remotely, I was able to meet up with them at a coffee...

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Alamo Fencing Academy

Who knew San Antonio was home to some World Champion fencers??  I stopped by the Alamo Fencing Academy last week to see kids from age 6 to 16 get an astonishing workout led by their Russian coaches.  It was very apparent that Andrei and Oksana, the leaders behind the academy,...

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Krisch Construction

Krisch Construction is responsible for all those beautiful stones you see in our public parks.  Ever wonder who shaped them or put them there?  They are your answer! It's always inspiring to learn of family owned business that have spanned generations.  I thoroughly enjoyed walked around their facility full of...

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Studio Cortes

I drive by Studio Cortes almost every day.  The corner lot in Southtown is full of sculptures ranging from birdbaths, animals, busts, and benches.  I’ve always wondered, how is all that made?!  The man behind the fun concrete, or “faux bois,” sculptures is Carlos Cortes.  He’s a third-generation concrete artisan...

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Boyd’s of Texas

When I first learned of Boyd's they were known for their wonderfully smelling soaps.  When I went to visit, they had recently re-branded to focus on their perfume.  They all smelled WONDERFUL. Their space was part lab, part hip studio. It was apparent they were branding wizards but also mad...

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Vogt Auction Galleries

After I learned about Vogt Auction Galleries, I became obsessed with checking their website every week.  They have all these fun items coming in from ALL over the world.  When I went to visit they were unloading a truck from Belgium!  I asked Rob, who is the fourth generation of...

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Bolner’s Meat Company

In 1914, the Bolner family opened a general store in south San Antonio.  It is still there today!! Raising their family upstairs, the store eventually became a meat market in the 1930’s.  Today, Richard Bolner and his son and wife, Brian and Traci own and operate the store.  Traci and...

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Kersey Ceramics

Have you seen the frog ceramic pieces on the Mulburry bridge? Those would be the amazing creations of Diana Kersey. I was able to visit her home studio which is full of ceramic creations including large vessels, coffee mugs and tiles.  Each one is vibrant and whimsical.  Diana and her...

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