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How Swede It Is

by Barbara Barton Sloane

You are within walking distance of eight centuries of unique cultural experience and you are surrounded by 24,000 islands and islets. Where in the world are you? You’re in Stockholm, Sweden of course, one of today’s very popular tourist destinations.

The kingdom of Sweden is in Northern Europe, located on the Scandinavian Peninsula between Finland and Norway, and the Oresund Fixed Links connect Sweden with Denmark. My visit to Sweden’s capital, which is built on 14 islands, treated me to a unique blend of old charm, modernity, creativity and vitality. From Gamla Stan (The Old Town), northern Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city dating to the 13th century, to its throbbing modern metropolis, with its famed design centers, vibrant shopping districts and modern architecture, Stockholm has much to offer visitors.

Read more in the September 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

S.A. Lawyers: Best of 2013

S.A. Lawyers: Best of 2013

The results are in!

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This spring, S.A. Scene surveyed qualified area lawyers to determine who the law community would refer as the best lawyers in San Antonio in 2013. This year’s list includes more than 900 lawyers in more than 70 areas of practice. Our extended S.A. Law 2013 feature also includes a directory of private practice lawyers in San Antonio, a directory of Bexar County Elected Officials, the top law schools attended by San Antonio lawyers and even a few Scene People events.

Pick up your copy of this best-selling double issue of S.A. Scene starting July 11 at your local H-E-B.

Scene & Heard

Scene & Heard

by Susan Yerkes

She doesn’t wear a cape or a mask, but many hail Joci Straus as the heroine of a great save for San Antonio: the resurrection of the Majestic and Charline McCombs Empire Theaters.

Back in the late ’80s, when the San Antonio Symphony had moved out of the then-declining Municipal Auditorium and needed a new home, city leaders called on renowned organizer Straus to lead an effort to restore the Majestic as a new home for the symphony, and part of the seemingly endless series of projects to bring back downtown, particularly the Houston Street corridor.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Gluttony is not a sin at Culinaria

Gluttony is not a sin at Culinaria

by Meredith Kay

I’ve always imagined that my version of heaven will be one giant food festival, shared with everyone I’ve loved in life. Hopefully, I won’t find out what really awaits me for quite some time. In the interim, there is Culinaria (www.culinariasa.org). This annual event took place May 15-19 at various locations around town, as San Antonio foodies indulged themselves during the premiere event celebrating all things culinary.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Respect and the San Antonio Spurs

Respect and the San Antonio Spurs

by Ari Temkin

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins needed an update to his wardrobe. While getting ready for Game Two of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, he strolled into downtown San Antonio shopping fixture Penner’s, which touts its longevity “since 1916.” Hollins purchased a couple shirts, and even bought a pair of slacks. Penner’s, known for its in-house tailoring, would not have the pants ready for a couple days. “Don’t worry,” said Hollins, “I’ll be back to pick them up before Game Five.” Penner’s will be shipping the pants to Memphis instead.

The San Antonio Spurs, who dispatched the Grizzlies in four games during the 2013 Western Conference Finals, have won 50 games every season since 1999-2000. In 1998-1999, the Spurs won 37 games, not 50, but only because of the lockout-shortened season. That was also the same season the Spurs won their first ever NBA Championship. The Spurs are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most successful franchise in professional sports over the last 15 years.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Artistic Women on the Move

Artistic Women on the Move

by Michelle McCullough

Many incredible individuals make up the footprint of San Antonio. We pass by these people everyday, but simply do not have the opportunity to take a moment to peel back the onion.

Over the last two years, I have spent a lot of time asking people what’s in store for the San Antonio art scene. The majority felt that the city was on the brink of an artistic boom. There is a lot of support and a noticeable evolution led by these everyday people we see at Starbucks or Central Market. Ann Salas and Dina Wooten are two artistic women actively making a difference.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Voice of the People

Voice of the People

by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon

I stood on the Floor of the Texas Senate, watching the debate on Senate Bill 5, as thousands of Texans stood outside the gallery. Their lines wrapped around all four floors of the Capitol rotunda. I was amazed at the crowd! I have been a Member of the Texas House for nearly twenty years and I have never witnessed civic engagement on such a large scale. The sheer determination of the crowd—men and women—demonstrated how important this issue is. They began coming in before 10 a.m., and they refused to go quietly into the night, even though the State DPS troopers tried to clear the gallery near midnight. The crowd’s message was clear: government should be for the people, not against them—and specifically not against women.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Moda Luna Boutique

Moda Luna Boutique

by Jules Aldaz

I have a new favorite boutique in Stone Oak, and it’s called Moda Luna. Not only do I absolutely love their stylish-with-a-slight-edge clothing, but I also love the owner as well. She is full of style and loves what she does.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Welcome Home …

Welcome Home …

by Christopher Gill

You might have caught my article earlier this year about all the growth and focus to improve our downtown. I touched briefly on the new living spaces that are coming online, and I recently got to go on a tour taking a more in-depth look at some of the new options.

Let me tell you: things are looking really good. Come with me as we look at a few of the new rental and purchase options that might tempt you to call downtown San Antonio home.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.

Ride Like the Wind

Ride Like the Wind

by Barbara Barton Sloane

We set sail from Piraeus, Greece with seas a deep navy-blue and fluffy white clouds floating lazily above Mount Olympus, the city of Athens a mere granite backdrop to the impending enchantments just over the horizon. I was aboard the Wind Star—long, sleek, with dazzling white sails soaring 200 feet above my head. Standing on deck and gazing down at the animated crowd bidding us Bon Voyage, it was clear: this stunning vessel commands recognition and respect wherever she sails. Now I was a part of this reality—or was it a fantasy? Whichever. I knew this would be the cruise of a lifetime.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.