Month: July 2013

Cindy Holland: I Just Want them to Love Their Home

Cindy Holland was 26, single and working 72 hours a week in fashion merchandising when it hit her one day that there should be more to life than work. “I woke up one morning and decided that I needed a 9 to 5 job, with nights and weekends off,” says Cindy, who is now the co-owner with her husband, Bill Holland of Hill Country Interiors, a large furniture store on 1604 that specializes in stately furnishings in Western and Old World styles. It took a while to get where she is now, but once the decision was made, the...

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Reality Check

A winner of Survivor. A Hollywood Week contestant on American Idol. And a chef in grueling Hell’s Kitchen. This trio of locals earned spots on some of TV’s most popular reality shows, doing the Alamo City — and themselves — proud. For Kim Spradlin Wolfe, 30, the end of a painful marriage motivated her to send in a video audition to Survivor — a show she’d watched since high school. The athletic Alamo Heights bridal shop owner wanted to prove who she was in the most difficult environment. In doing just that, she won the $1 million prize in...

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In the Family Tradition

you’ve lived in San Antonio for more than a New York minute, you’ve probably eaten at the tried-and-true Chinese restaurant on Broadway, just inside Loop 410. And if you’re one of Hsiu Yu’s regulars of decades’ standing, you’ve probably gotten acquainted with the family who established it in 1983 including the owners’ daughter, Charlin Sam-Yu Madellin, who has worked there as long as she can remember. When she says, “I grew up here,” during an interview at the restaurant, she means it literally not just in San Antonio but at the unassuming, comfort-Chinese eatery at 8338 Broadway. “I was...

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Guys to Know: Rick Cavender: Cars and Music

If you ever find yourself humming along to the commercial jingle Confidence is Cavender… confidence is Cavender, then Rick Cavender may already feel like a trusted friend. Rick has managed to do what most people only dream of doing: merging a hugely successful family business, Cavender Auto Family of dealerships, with his passion, making music and entertaining. Often referred to as the voice and personality behind the Cavender Auto Family, by day Rick serves as vice president of the Cavender Auto Family and president of Cavender Audi. But by night, it’s his band, the Rick Cavender Band, and his...

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The Murano Glass House

The neighborhood of Inverness, on San Antonio’s north side, is a forested enclave accessed through security gates where the guards mean business. The winding streets pass beautiful homes with manicured lawns and perfect landscaping. Within this peaceful community, Kristine and Jerry Funk have established an elegant and thoroughly livable home. The Funks purchased the house from the original owners, who used builder J.L. Hawkins Fine Custom Homes. “Jerry Hawkins did a wonderful job building the home,” Kristine says. “We’re so pleased with the floor plan and the architectural details.” The Inverness home is the fourth South Texas home the...

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