Month: November 2005

Spas: Not Just For Mrs. Santa Anymore

In an unguarded moment 10 years ago, a curmudgeonly editor at the San Antonio Express-News admitted he had exfoliated with his wife. He embodied the machismo for which men in the Lone Star State are known, and cleansing pores is hardly something you’d visualize cowboys doing by a campfire. Then, earlier this year, in a long-distance call from another Texas city the couple now calls home, he confessed he had “manscaped,” a term borrowed from television’s popular Queer Eye for the Straight Guy — used when men wax away unwanted back or chest hair. “Don’t laugh,” he warned upon...

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First Responders: Women play crucial roles in caring for evacuees

Hurricane season has hit the Gulf Coast especially hard this year. In the aftermath of Katrina, hundreds of thousands of newly homeless people streamed into Texas, with some 13,000 finding refuge in San Antonio. It took enormous effort and good organization to transport, shelter, feed and generally care for that many displaced people, but our city rose to the occasion and won national recognition for it. Among the thousands of professionals and volunteers who pitched in to help, many were women. Back in September, we spent time with four of them to bring you this close-up report. All four...

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Taking Vintage Home

One might say it took a family to give the home of Cathy and Robin Chesser and their five children the abundance of creative energy that lies within their quaint and picturesque new home — a home resembling the late 19th-century houses one finds in San Antonio’s King William Historic District or the vintage German architecture of Fredericksburg. As owners of one of the city’s most unusual home furnishing stores, Me & My House, located at The Strand on Heubner Road, the Chessers knew instinctively how to fill and dress their spacious two-story home with the ambiance of a...

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Top of the Food Chain: Women who rule the restaurant roost

Women are typically associated with feeding the family at home. But feeding people professionally as the owner of a restaurant? That’s apparently a different story. San Antonio’s role as a hospitality and tourism mecca — coupled with a love of eating — makes restaurants a popular choice for anyone wanting to own a business. In fact, restaurants pump approximately $3 billion into San Antonio’s economy each year. But of the 4,362 restaurants in San Antonio, women, according to Richard S. Cardenas of the San Antonio Restaurant Association, own fewer than 20 percent of the establishments. So, for women to...

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Playing with Fire: Marcia Dahlman

Art aficionados who flock to the Blue Star Arts Complex on big opening nights are always pleasantly surprised when they pass by the Marcia Dahlman Pottery. Even if they don’t step inside to look at the eyecatching jars and wall pieces, they can’t help being attracted to the graceful little fountains that gurgle ever so enticingly just in front of her door. Invariably, people stop to admire her handiwork. Having a studio/gallery at Blue Star is an advantage for any artist, but for Dahlman it happened through a lucky, serendipitous turn of events. When she got there in early...

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