Month: May 2010

From Law to Luxury Cars: Abigail Kampmann

The very first car I bought with my own money was a Porsche 928,” Abigail Kampmann recalls fondly. She had to get rid of it when she had a family — “Porsche didn’t make an SUV at that time,” she laughs — but that first choice would prove to be prophetic. Currently general manager of the Porsche Center at Loop 410 and Fredericksburg Road, she also serves on the management team for her family’s eight luxury car dealerships in Texas and Tennessee and might as well have high end gasoline running through her veins. Kampmann grew up in the...

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Hobby Becomes Livelihood: Jenny Forks

The petite young blonde behind the counter at Bitter Creek Designs in The Rim shopping center is not a clerk, not the owner’s daughter or even the owner’s wife. Jenny Forks, 29, is the owner of the shop, where she sells her own jewelry designs as well as the materials for customers to create their own one-of-a-kind pieces. Although Forks has been in business for seven years, she says, “People still ask me if I’m the real owner. Then I gain their respect when they realize I know what I’m talking about.” Ultimately, she says, her age “isn’t a...

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Pillars of the Community: They’ve led the way in business, philanthropy and civic affairs

We’re extremely blessed to have an active philanthropic community in San Antonio. Many of the institutions and partnerships we almost take for granted — the Southwest School of Art & Craft, strong Asian and Hispanic business and cultural relationships, the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Latin American Art Center, the Witte Museum Game Dinner and others — would not be possible without innovative, visionary and hard-working women who have given decades of time, money, effort and expertise to their causes. Many of San Antonio’s greatest contributors still remain vital forces for change well into their 80s and 90s. Four...

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Casa Finale: A Green Renovation in Bel Meade

Robin Black, ASID, IIDA, RID, and Fred Williams, AIA Emeritus, are a talented couple wellknown in San Antonio’s interior design and architectural fields. For years they lived in a spacious, elegant home on Elizabeth Road in Terrell Hills, near the San Antonio Country Club. And then they moved to what Robin affectionately calls “a real challenge.” “I know all our friends thought we were crazy to sell our beautiful house and move here,” she says. “But the reality of the situation was that the Elizabeth Road house was worn out, and the value of the land eclipsed the worth...

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Watermark Grill: Briny raw seafood, infused liquors highlight the menu

There’s a palpable buzz in the air with Watermark Grill at near capacity. Its the kind of energy restaurateurs tend to love and at least some diners prefer to despair. We even needed to speak up to our utterly charming and accommodating waitress. But the noise level waxes and wanes as the evening progresses. The couple with the unrestrained child leaves, to be replaced by a very large group that is, remarkably civilized. And the process is aided and abetted by some of the palliatives being concocted at the bar little changed, if at all, from its previous Reggianos...

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