Susan Franklin: Taking the Arts to New Levels in San Antonio

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Susan Franklin’s Personal Touch Makes the Difference. Susan Franklin is a woman of many talents, one of which is a flair for special touches that make people feel good. When I arrive at the Franklin Park retirement community on Sonterra Place that she co-founded with her husband, Aubra, I can’t believe my eyes when I […]

Winter Romance: Finding Love in Later Years

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Older people may have a harder time finding a life partner, but when they do, they often create more harmonious relationships than the young. The couples we talked to for this article share their personal experiences. Shirley and John Neither Shirley Rushing nor John Poteet was looking for a new relationship when circumstances brought them […]

At Home: Marymont Redesign

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It has been nearly 20 years since interior designer Toni McAllister, of McAllister Designs, moved her family from their sprawling historic house in Monte Vista to a contemporary one in Marymont. The upkeep of the older home was overwhelming, so the more contemporary one had its advantages. Originally, McAllister didn’t much care for the new […]

Role Model: Gemologist Amanda Moreno


An Expert in all that sparkles. The most important gems in the colored-stone market, rubies are a symbol of wealth, success and passion. They’re also a favorite of Amanda Moreno, 30, a role model for all those assets. A face you’ll see daily at Peñaloza & Sons Jewelers in San Antonio, Moreno recently earned the […]

Fashion: All Buttoned Up

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Colder months are fashion’s favorite for many reasons, the primary being the advantage layers can bring to add a certain je ne sais quoi to any outfit. But in San Antonio, where the temperatures rarely dip below searing, you’d be hard pressed to find a girl wearing more than a breezy cardigan even in the […]