What’s New in 09: Summer is here!

by | June 4, 2014 | Neighborhood News


It’s all about cookies, barbecue and swimming.  If you are a 78209 reader/subscriber — and why wouldn’t you be? — you might recall from the April issue a story about two stay-at-home moms who left the business world and opted to open a warm-cookie delivery business named Cookie Cab.

Micheal Starks, local lawyer-turned-cookie entrepreneur/artist, recently launched The Smart Cookie.  Another clever cookie concoction, these little artistic pastries in vanilla and chocolate are almost too pretty to eat. You will want to gift them, show them off and display them as if they were art. They take three days to make, and you must order at least two weeks in advance. Customization is the specialty. Look for The Smart Cookie at upcoming ’09 events, and call for your own personalized pieces of art at (210) 885-1535, email michealswh@yahoo.com, or visit The Smart Cookie on Facebook. Another smart cookie!



La Fonda Sunset Ridge is set to reopen in the former home of Raffles Bar at 8633 Crownhill Boulevard. Frontier Enterprises, owner of Jim’s Restaurants and the Magic Time Machine, has acquired the restaurant and plans to reopen it. No date has been set — so grab a margarita and stay tuned, my friends.



With the arrival of summer this month, there will be plenty of requests for barbecue for picnics and summer flings, so head over to the newly opened Smoke Shackat 3714 Broadway across from the Witte Museum, and order up. Remember the barbecue served at the food truck/trailer at 410 and Nacogdoches for the past three-and-a-half years? Now the owners  have expanded to their new convenient location. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, catering and drive-through are offered, and you can conveniently choose either location to cure your cravings.Smoke Shack

Owners Chris Conger and wife Kate have been very pleased with their loyal patrons that continue to frequent both locations and are very thankful for their support, according to Chris (even if they do have to maneuver Hildebrand and Broadway traffic — when is it going to be finished?) Brother Bob now runs the trailer, and his wife, Jamie, oversees the catering — a family business for sure, and they come from a family of ‘09-ers as well.  Here‘s to a summer of barbecue favs like sliders, pulled pork, brisket, baked potato salad, coleslaw and breakfast tacos. Get your order in now for the Fourth  of July — after all, what would a July Fourth picnic be without barbecue?



And it wouldn’t be summer without the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool.  School’s out on June 5, and the pool will be ready and inviting, opening at 3 p.m. that very afternoon.  For over 60 years, Alamo Heights Pool has offered swimming lessons, exercise and relaxation to the Alamo Heights community. Call (210) 824-2595 if you have questions.  Summer is definitely here!

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