The Buzz in 78209 – September 2014

by | September 21, 2014 | Society

Here’s what’s buzzing in 78209  this month.

While dad is relaxing, mom can head a few doors down to score some fall finds at Alter’d State. Also located in the Alamo Quarry Crossing, this unique boutique has everything you need to look chic from head to toe. Clothes, shoes, accessories and cute gift items are all available at really good prices. But what we like even more than the on-trend fashions is the company’s commitment to giving back. According to their website, the company has donated more than $700,000 to various charities and sponsored more than 925 employee volunteer hours, and they consciously partner with companies like TOMS who support their efforts. The only thing better than shopping is shopping with a purpose. Visit for more information — and to check out the cute clothes!

Alamo Heights is considering the pros and cons of a public smoking ban. The city of San Antonio is one of approximately 80 Texas cities to enact a restriction on smoking in public places, but Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills and Olmos Park have yet to follow suit.

Finally, with school back in session, the city is looking at ways to address the congestion east of the Alamo Heights High School that can impede the access of the city’s larger emergency vehicles. Lowering or removing medians along Vanderhoeven was proposed, but residents are balking, saying that the medians prevent student drivers from parking on the neighborhood roads. Long- and short-term solutions are being discussed among city council members, fire and police officials and the Alamo Heights School District. In the meantime, temporary parking restrictions will be in place along sections of West Castano and Lamont.

If all that shopping and pampering leaves you hungry, head over to the newest culinary hot spot at the Shops at Lincoln Heights, the award-winning Torchy’s Tacos. This “Damn Good” taco joint originated in Austin, and San Antonio fans are ecstatic to see them hang a shingle here in the ‘hood. With a taco for everyone from the vegan to the carnivore, Torchy’s has made a name for itself serving up unusual combinations along with chips and award-winning salsa, breakfast tacos, sauces and sweets. Don’t forget to check out the “taco of the month,” too! Visit for the menu and other information.

What goes better with dinner than a movie? And what better place to see a movie than the picturesque grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden? All of San Antonio will enjoy the beautiful setting as a backdrop to classic movies such as An Affair to Remember on Sept. 19 and High Society on Sept. 26. Gates will open at 6:30 pm, with free admission. Prior to the shows, take the time to check out the new exhibits, including 27 sculptures made from nearly 500,000 Lego bricks, or the more than 20 different scarecrows made from everyday materials. For a complete listing of exhibits visit

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