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Photo Essays of the San Antonio Business Community

A Tricentennial Project

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Yellow Rose Carriage

    Yellow Rose Carriage yellowrosecarriage.com 300 Austin St 210-225-6490     What’s your company’s origin story? How did you get your start?     35 years ago: one woman, one horse, one dream.     What do you want people to know about your business?     Horses and humans have worked side-by-side for centuries. Each gets something out of the partnership. Horse-drawn carriages are not...

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Matson Creative

Visiting Matson Creative was quite a throwback.  VHS and cassette tapes brought so many memories of my childhood. Matson is your one-stop shop for preserving your memories and turning things like boxes of slides into digital files.     Matson Creative www.matsoncreative.com 403 East Ramsey, Suite 202 210.349.3674     As the nation's leading and oldest film...

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San Antonio Armature Works

San Antonio Armature Works is a fourth-generation family owned and operated Electrical Apparatus Service and Repair facility (EASA) in San Antonio since 1922 that continues to provide San Antonio, Austin, and South Texas with its services and products.     San Antonio Armature Works www.saarmature.com 1015 North Colorado St 210-227-0291     What is armature?     Armature is the rotating coil...

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Cookie Cab

Owners and twin sisters Lauren Pepping and Lyn Akhil graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University in 2006. As twins, we’ve always done everything together. We studied Finance and International Business and began our careers in corporate business consulting. We both had lifelong aspirations of having our own business. Growing...

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Aladdin Cleaning and Restoration

Aladdin was founded in 1956 by Tom Wright, Tom was an innovator in the carpet and rug cleaning business. Aladdin was the first company to utilize truck mounted equipment for carpet cleaning, and was the first company to install machinery specifically made for the professional cleaning of oriental rugs in...

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Cardona Welding

Cardona Welding is almost 100 years old and has been in business for 4 generations.  I was honored to meet the most senior Cardona who has retired and passed the baton to his son. The oldest Cardona still comes around to offer his sage wisdom and to work on their...

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Local Sprout

Mitch is responsible for an entire warehouse of food professionals on the East side of San Antonio.  Coffee, garlic, and meat professionals all occupy the space called The Food Hub.  We were fortunate to investigate Mitch's hydroponic farm.  Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil.  Check out his...

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Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia

Was this worth waking up at 4am?  DEFINITELY.  These guys are incredible.  Look at their beautiful pan dulce!     Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia mitierracafe.com 218 Produce Row 210-225-1262     This bakery case at Mi Tierra gets filled up every morning thanks to the efforts of master bakers that start at 10 at night and...

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Little’s Boot Company

I first learned of Little's Boot Company during Fiesta when we visited to thank them for King Antonio's custom boots.  They were one of the first companies I contacted to be a part of this project.  I really wanted to see the boots being made!  Their workshop did not disappoint. ...

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Casa Rio

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today!     Casa Rio www.casa-rio.com 430 E Commerce St 210-225-6718     What’s your company’s origin story? How...

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Plastic Supply of San Antonio

Plastic Supply is one of those businesses I used to drive by and desperately wanted to go in to see what they do.  Basically, they can make you ANYTHING out of plastic.  It's so fun to go in and see their bin of leftover plastic pieces in all kinds of...

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Wildflower Caramels

Ellyn's caramels are DELICIOUS.  She was so kind to invite me to her home to learn more about her business.  Check out her Q&A below.  You can find her locally at the Pearl Farmer's Market on Sundays,  Larder in Hotel Emma, 5 Points Local, No. 9 Floral or Blue Star Provisions. ...

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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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