Summer is vastly upon us here in San Antonio (even though this week has been ful of strange storms and rain). We kicked it off with a great night out at Lion & Rose at the Rim last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet-up or to indulge in the $1.50 margaritas. It was a pleasure to have Carrie and Natasha there from The One Beauty Bar giving us mini makeovers and doing a raffle. And to learn more about Revolution Thrift from the Executive Director, Rachell.
As a thank you and for a quick link, here are the list of vendors that helped make our time even more special.
I was chatting with a friend awhile ago who mentioned that she had never been down to visit The Pearl Brewery area. This friend had lived here for over 15 years but rarely went into downtown area.
And I can see how that could easily happen.
So many of the neighborhoods have everything we need now days - shopping malls, hardware stores, lots of restaurants, bookstores, schools, mechanics. The list could go on and on. There just isn’t a reason to drive all over town.
But not enjoying different neighborhoods also limits your exposure to all that a great city, like San Antonio, has to offer. Visiting historical areas, like The Pearl Brewery area, also helps to support local businesses that collect themselves there, like Botika, Local Coffee and Twig. When money is spent at a locally owned business, that dollar stays in the area 80% longer than money that is spent at big box stores. And if you buy everything online then that money is never staying local.
Ok but enough of the statistical “shop local” lecture.
On to why I love The Pearl area and why every local should visit the historic Pearl brewery area a few times a year. All of this in my Fav Four of the Historic Pearl District. (and in order this time)
Number 4: The Twig Book Shop
This diamond in the rough, in a day and age of big box books and ebooks, is so refreshing. The staff is always helpful when I am looking for books and I love this store for gifts too. They have great books for new Mamas, best sellers and fun kids books. They also have a weekly story time as well, so be sure to check their website for dates and times.
Number 3: Local Coffee
If you have followed me for any length of time you know this is my favorite coffee shop. And the one down here at The Pearl has great outdoor seating. I love watching the people that come and go plus my kids can wrestle in the turf between it and the Twig bookstore. My current order (like for two years straight) is a cold brew with a shot of mexican vanilla and room for cream. I have been drinking cold brew for over 10 years and now I can buy it anywhere. Convenient yes but now I’m less cool and just look like a hipster.
Number 2: The Riverwalk
Who could argue that between easy parking (either under the freeway or at Hotel Emma) and an artsy, fun part of the river (Freeway fish included), the Pearl is a great place to experience the Riverwalk and enjoy a stroll. I love going during the weekdays when it's less busy but I am also a sucker to sit on a bench and people watch during the weekends as well. The riverwalk from the Pearl to downtown is the most enjoyable to me. There is so much to look at and little nooks to explore. If you are local and you haven’t been down there at least once a year then you're missing out on the best part of living in SATX.
Number 1: Botika
The Pearl is full of swanky restaurants, some need reservations or be prepared to wait (even on a Tuesday) but there is good reason for this. The Pearl delivers on one of a kind eats. And one-of-a-kind Botika tops the list in my book. This non-infusion, fusion restaurant combines flavors of the seasons from Asia to South America. I had the pleasure of recently enjoying dinner there with my bro. We tried items off their current summer menu such as the Bay Scallops & Beet Ceviches, Yellow Fin Tuna Tiradito, and an untraditional cheesecake dessert wrapped in an egg roll wrapper. They have something for everyone's taste but if you really want a taste of San Antonio then don’t miss the Nikkei Ceviches. Its smoky flavor in the sweet potatoes along with the lime soaked fish brings latin and southern flavors like an “opposites attract” match. If you visit them soon, tell them that San Antonio Housewives sent you.
So now you can’t say you don’t have a reason to visit The Pearl this summer. Parking is easy, food is good and there is lots to do. Don’t miss out on downtown SATX and get stuck in suburbia rat race. Get our of the norm and have date night down here next time. Any of these local businesses would appreciate it.
I was compensated in some manner for writing about my experience but my opnions are all my opnions are all my own.
As in tune with the season, I have been going through dresser drawers, storage bins and closets as I clean up the house this late spring. My kids are often horders of random broken toys, rocks and crafts. By spending time going through their stuff to clean up I am able to determine what they still need or want and what can be given away and what can be thrown away.
I do this for my own closet and drawers as well. I have a motto I always try to stick to
“If you haven’t used it, worn it or even seen it in a year then you don’t need it.”
This helps me keep with my simple lifestyle and cycle out old things that need new homes.
As I was trying to find a place to donate, I remember a friend is starting Revolution Thrift soon. This is the perfect time to donate to her and help her accumulate items for her store.
Rachel Kelley started Revolution Thrift with the idea that she could give 100% of proceeds to other charities in the community. She remembers thinking “people want to help others but don’t always have the funds, but they always have stuff.” So Revolution Thrifit was born from the idea of charities helping charities. A kind of circle of giving where stuff is donated, people purchase stuff they need and the profits go to the needy charities in the community.
I my self it is a brilliant idea-a great way to think outside the box. So many people want to start new charities or programs to help others but if you look around there are great organizations already established, they just need help with funding.
Rachel is seeing a need in the community and filling that need with her gifts and expertise.
Revolution Thrift will run completely on volunteers to start out. Possibly adding some paid management positions later in conjunction with Rachel acting as the Executive Director. The store will act as a community hub for thrift shoppers who are community orientated and it will surely draw donors from all over the city. She is set to open this fall 2017 on the North side of town.
In support of Revolution Thrift this month they are San Antonio Housewives Girls Night Out @ Lion & Rose (at the Rim) featured charity. Please bring gently used clothing, books, home goods on May 25th at 5:30pm. Rachel will be there to chat more about her vision of Revolution Thrift store and collect info from people who are wanting to help.
If you would like to know more information about Revolution Thrift contact them here.
Another great night at Bar Louie in La Cantera for our Girls Night Out !!Fiesta!! Party.If you were able to make it out I am so grateful! I hope you got your photo taken at the Party People Photobooth. If you missed it or need some contact info here is the Local Ladies Roundup April Edition.
It’s that time of year again. School is almost out and most parents are scrambling around to try to find a camp for their kids to enjoy - as well planning trips and crafts to keep everyone busy this summer.
For us, we will spend a few days a week at a rec center as well take time to enjoy the rivers for staying cool, the pools and getting out of town as much as possible.
Here are the top 5 camps I found in San Antonio for the summer of 2017. There are so many choices but in case you get overwhelmed by them all I have narrowed down our search to these Top Five.
This summer, your student can code a mobile app, design their own video game, produce a viral video, or discover the secrets of cryptography. Whatever their passion, iD Tech Camps offers an expansive lineup of courses to kick-start their future in tech.
Our flagship program blends world-class instruction with fun camp activities for a well-balanced experience. In each weeklong session, your teen will explore a prestigious campus, create an impressive project, and build skills that last long after summer. Located locally at Trinity University and over 150 locations nationwide, see all we have to offer at www.idtech.com.
Registration for Summer at San Antonio Academy is underway! With more than 400 classes offered by more than 70 of the area’s top teachers, coaches and artisans, you’ll find a wide variety of one-of-a-kind academic, sporting, cultural and fun classes including robotics, LEGOS, cooking, art, soccer, theatre, science, math, Minecraft and much more. The weekly programs for boys and girls ages 4 & up run from June 5 to July 28 with morning and afternoon classes plus extended day care. To learn more & register online.
Contact/Phone: Yulanee McKnight, Summer Registrar / 210-733-733 x 237
Location: San Antonio Academy, 117 E. French Place, San Antonio, TX 78212
Glenda Woods Girls University is a full-day summer camp for girls ages 6-12. Each week has a different theme and brings new adventures as girls learn about different college majors, take part in unique experiences, meet community leaders, explore the outdoors, and grow their passion for reading, science, sports, art, and math.
Monday, June 5th – Friday, August 11th, 2017
Weekdays from 7:30am – 6:00pm
735 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78201
Girls Inc. of San Antonio
118 North Medina St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
SPARKING THE FULLEST POTENTIAL IN EVERY KID
112 E. Pecan Street, Suite #175
San Antonio, TX 78205
Toll Free: 800.672.5921
PO Box 27086
San Antonio , TX , 78227
Phone: (210) 671-5411
There are so many camps to choose from here in San Antonio and surrounding. Share with me your favorite.
"Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness" -Oprah Winfrey
This is my mantra on life and how I live. I am not scared to fail because that motivates me more if I do. I learn to live one day at a time and will never be too old for it.
I enjoy spending time with boyfriend whether it's traveling, reading a book, trying new eateries or playing with my dog. I find myself as easy going as it gets.