In The Loop : April 2022
Pearl to Renovate and Reopen Stable Hall
Built in 1894, the Pearl Stable was home to the brewery’s fleet of draft horses, and most recently, it was a gathering place for San Antonio. Located in the heart of Pearl, Stable Hall is surrounded by restaurants, retail, green space, and a short walk to the northern reach of San Antonio’s Riverwalk. The venue was previously known as Jersey Lilly.
According to the Pearl, “The stable will reopen in 2023. It will host national touring acts, musicians from Texas, Mexico, and the Americana Music Triangle and showcase San Antonio’s music scene. The revamped interior will accommodate up to 1,000 guests for an exceptional live music experience.
The Pearl also announced, “The stable will feature an outdoor German-inspired Biergarten as a component of Stable Hall. Ample shade and night-time lighting will make it a perfect place to spend hours relaxing and visiting with friends—before a show or any other occasion. The menu will feature a wide array of Texas and European craft beer, curated cocktails, and Biergarten favorites such as bratwurst, kolaches, and pretzels.”
H-E-B To Renovate Shops at Lincoln Heights Store, Will Take Over Adjacent Twin Liquors Space
Last September, H-E-B confirmed plans to renovate its store in The Shops at Lincoln Heights (999 E Basse Road). The location was previously an Albertson’s. HEB moved in, in August 2002.
According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the store will expand to an estimated 117,285 square feet. They are adding over 42,000 square feet to the facility.
As news of the renovation spread, the rumor mill began churning. Was HEB going to add a second story to the store? Was the company taking over the Stein Mart space in the center?
H-E-B wasn’t saying much about its plans, but company spokesperson Julie Bedingfield told me, “We are not moving into the Stein Mart space.” And, she added, “Because of the supply chain issues in the construction space, we haven’t shared our plans for the store publicly, but as soon as we feel confident in timelines, I’ll be sure to give you details that your readers will be interested to see.”
I was able to confirm one of the rumors. A manager at Twin Liquors, which sits adjacent to H-E-B, told me the liquor store would move into part of the space vacated when Stein Mart closed in 2020 to make room for H-E-B to take over their space.
Vehicle Thefts RisingArea police departments are reporting an increase in car and truck thefts.
Indeed, according to the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), in January and February 2021, 1,107 vehicles had been stolen. This year in that same time frame, the number is up to 1,545 – a nearly 40% increase.
Thieves are targeting trucks and SUVs. Often drivers leave their cars running while they go into a store or their homes, making their vehicles easy targets.
SAPD reports these are the top-10 vehicles that are getting stolen in city limits:
- Ford F Series Pickup
- Chevrolet Pickup All Models
- Dodge Ram Series Pickup
- Ford Van All Models
- Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe
- GMC Pickup All Models
- Toyota Camry
- Toyota Corolla
- Nissan Altima
- Jeep All Models
In January and February, Terrell Hills reported 2 Burglary Vehicles, one cleared by arrest, and 2 Vehicle thefts.
Alamo Heights Police Chief Richard Pruitt told me, “We have had four motor vehicle thefts since January. Last year we had 13 stolen vehicles, 4 of which were stolen during the same January 1st thru March 18th period. We are showing no increase to date.
Police recommended drivers lock their vehicles and take the keys. They also urge drivers to keep valuables out of sight or out of the vehicle. And, they strongly recommend people park in well-lit areas to reduce the risk of vehicle theft.
Neighbors and Neighborhood Association Oppose Re-Zoning Request for 112 E. Sunset
When the owner of 112 E. Sunset Rd. applied for a zoning change from residential to commercial, neighbors took to the streets to object.
Signs urging “Keep East Sunset Road Residential” sprouted up on neighboring properties between Broadway St. and N. New Braunfels Ave. The concern was mirroring their stretch of Sunset like the heavily commercial portion of W. Sunset, between Broadway and Jones Maltsberger Rd.
The property owner reportedly had leased the single-family home to a commercial sanitation business. San Antonio code compliance ordered the owner to shut down the commercial business.
The Oak Park Northwood Neighborhood Association board of directors unanimously voted to oppose the rezoning request. Faced with united opposition to his effort to rezone the property, the owner postponed the application with the zoning commission.
His attorney, Patrick Christensen, told me, “The ‘postponed’ rezoning application means they have six months to reinstate the case if they pay a $415 fee. If they reinstate the case, the neighborhood and surrounding property owners will receive notice again.” He added, “They understand that Code Enforcement will cite them if they start up operations again. They told me they will either fix the existing house and sell it or maybe build a new one, all within what is allowed by the existing zoning designation.”
By way of full disclosure, my wife, Gina Galaviz Eisenberg, is president of the Oak Park Northwood Neighborhood Association.
4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions Now Open
4Ever Young anti-aging clinic and med spa is now open in San Antonio Quarry, offering the latest wellness and aesthetic treatments to help you look and feel your best. Highly customized anti-aging regimens are designed to address a range of concerns, ensuring that your best years are within your reach. Their expert medical team takes advantage of every resource, advanced technology, and modern science offer to help you live your best life, no matter where you are in your journey.
4Ever Young Anti Aging Solutions offers a full range of medical and cosmetic treatments in San Antonio. Treatments include Women’s HRT, Men’s HRT, IV Vitamin Therapy, Injectable Neurotoxins (Botox & Dysport), Dermal Fillers (Restylane, Versa & Juvederm).
petbar Alamo Heights Location is Now Open!
pet bar, a self and full-service washing and full-service luxury dog grooming boutique opened its first location on Broadway in the heart of Alamo Heights. petbar was founded in Dallas by Dan and Ashley O’Loughlin in 2015 when they were seeking a clean and relaxing grooming environment for their schnauzer, Bella. After numerous groomers failed to meet their expectations, they decided to build a boutique that captured their vision for a pet spa, and thus, petbar was born.
petbar is a Texas based franchised pet boutique that is growing rapidly to meet the needs of pet parents who demand an exceptional experience for their fur babies. Marc Hildebrand and Cyndi Flores, both San Antonio natives, teamed up to bring the petbar concept to Alamo Heights. Their first store opened in March at the Broadway Commons Shopping Center at 5231 Broadway Street.