Month: January 2011

Suzanne Wade – Groceries Are Her Business

When Suzanne Wade visits an H-E-B store, she’s apt to be greeted several times a visit – even when the store is a hundred or more miles from home. As president of H-E-B’s San Antonio Food and Drug Division, she’s in charge of all retail sales for the company except for its Central Market and Houston area stores. That means Wade oversees operation of more than 200 stores from north of Austin to deepest South Texas, all of which she visits regularly, wearing the familiar blue-and-white H-E-B partner’s nametag that identifies her as “SUZANNE.” Not only do store employees...

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Mothers of Invention: Three San Antonio women bring their inventions to life

“Necessity is the mother of invention”— a cliché that explains how things come to be created or invented and introduced to the world. But here in San Antonio, it’s often mothers, housewives and businesswomen who are the actual “mothers of invention”— real-life women behind items you’ll see in stores nationwide and online, too. And it’s these ladies we sought out this issue, for the backstory behind the products and the women who created them inspire us as much as the inventions do. Their stories of all that’s involved in taking a dream to the drawing board and then thrusting...

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New Beginnings: Three women who reinvented themselves tell their stories

Many people spend a lifetime in unfulfilling jobs, too reluctant to change the status quo. If you are one of them, perhaps you’ll find inspiration in the stories of three San Antonio women who were brave enough to break with the old and move in a different direction. But first, you have to identify what floats your boat. Powerful Connections You have heard of the Realtors’ mantra “location, location, location.” For businesswoman Linda Elliott that may be modified to read “connection, connection, connection.” In fact, the name of her business is Elliott Connection, a one-woman operation she founded in...

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Downsizing to Oakwell Farms: Garden home is happy choice for world travelers

There’s a tiny little cul-de-sac in Oakwell Farms, barely an elbow in the road, where several garden homes sit beneath a multitude of large, shady oaks. It’s obvious that DeeAnn and Skinner Simpson’s home belongs to a gardener because huge baskets of ferns hang from the oaks around their home. The landscape near the front door is lush and fragrant, in spite of a dry summer. The alluring exterior promises an interior to match. For the Simpsons, the trail to Oakwell Farms began two years ago with a decision to downsize and simplify their lives. They raised three children...

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High Voice, High Heels

At the recent fundraiser for the San Antonio Opera (SAO), a good part of the entertainment was provided by five young women who collectively call themselves Stiletto. They have high voices and high heels, and together they make beautiful sounds. For the occasion, they sang several operatic arias but also veered into other genres by delivering their version of Unchained Melody; Carry on, My Wayward Son and even Lady Marmalade. “We try to do numbers that are meaningful to several generations,” explains lyric soprano Emily Ward the next day when we meet to talk in SAO’s offices. “We are...

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