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SNIPSA’s Big Fix to San Antonio’s Stray Population

SNIPSA is a local organization committed to improving the lives of homeless and unwanted pets in San Antonio by encouraging responsibility. SNIPSA isn’t your traditional rescue; in fact, it isn’t a shelter at all. It’s a movement that centers around pet protection, reducing overpopulation, and the caring individuals that support it.

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The organization, whose acronym stands for Spay Neuter, Inject, Protect of San Antonio, was created to help San Antonio be a more pet friendly city. In response to a 2006 article, Death by the Pound, published by the Express News, a group of veterinarians and friends set out to help reduce the nearly 50,000 cats and dogs being euthanized every year. With no plan or name, and only the resolve to truly make a difference, SNIPSA began operating out of the playroom of Executive Director Shannon Epsy’s home.

PINCH Crawfish Kitchen, A Community Affair

Apologies for the cheesy pun, but pinch me(!) it’s crawfish season, and there’s nothing like the spicy smell of mudbugs that lets you know spring is upon us. If you’ve grown up in the South you can most likely appreciate the phrase ‘pinch the tail and suck the head’. If you’re unfamiliar, we’re talking about crawfish – a dish that celebrates eating with your hands, and goes best with a cold beer and good friends.

Until now, San Antonio’s crawfish scene has been pretty flat. Brick-and-mortars serve it up, but they’re missing that familial flavor that makes crawfish more of an experience than a meal. Enter PINCH Crawfish Kitchen, a new player on the culinary scene, boiling up a community concept around Vietnamese-style crawfish.  

Mockingbird Fest – A Sneak Peek into SA’s Most Texas Fest


John Stienbeck put it best when he said, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.”

And what better way to deal with an obsession, than to celebrate it? This Saturday, March 5, Hemisfair plans to do just that, hosting the first annual Mockingbird Fest.

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Beginning at 10am, at the Yanaguana Garden, the free festival will honor Texas Independence Day, and all things, well, Texas. Mockingbird Fest, whose name pays tribute to our state bird, will feature interactive activities, and the sounds and flavors native to the Lone Star state.

OPEN Pop-up Artist Spotlight: 231 E. Houston

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During the month of December three, usually-vacant buildings will be temporarily filled with local art, handmade goods, culinary treats and music. The OPEN pop-up shops provide a unique opportunity for community gathering and local shopping in downtown San Antonio, plus they’re a lot more fun to attend than over-crowded malls during the holiday season. The program, operated by the City’s Center City Development Office and The Downtown Operations Department, wants to shine some light on these old buildings, in hopes that potential retailers will breathe new life into these amazing spaces.

Shop SA Small on Small Business Saturday

Celeste DeLuna @ Market Square Mujeres Mercado, 9/19/14
Celeste DeLuna @ Market Square Mujeres Mercado, 9/19/14

Small Business Saturday is on November 29th this year. Why don’t you sooth your Thanksgiving food hangover by doing something awesome for your community on Saturday by shopping local?

Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday helps support and celebrate small businesses during the post-Thanksgiving shopping craze. Efforts have proven to be wildly successful and very helpful to small businesses nationwide. “In only five years, Small Business Saturday has taken on a life of its own and it’s been very exciting to see how small business owners and communities have come together to own the day and make it special,” explains Lisette Bernstein, Vice President of Small Business Saturday at American Express via Forbes.com.

Keep SA Brewing

Freetail Brewing Co. at S. Presa St.
Freetail Brewing Co. at S. Presa St.

The time of craft beer is upon us, San Antonio. We’ve begun our dive into the brew craze, letting the sweet seductive flow of craft beer move over our city and seep into our favorite eateries and watering holes. Let’s not play, some of us are getting borderline craft beer snobby, while others are a bit behind– cue the embarrassment that takes over when one of our friends tries to order a Coors Light in a brew hotspot. Oh, the horror! Lucky for them, their craft less beer souls can be saved. Our local craft beer hero, Scott Metzger, Founder &  CEO of Freetail Brewing Co., can make them see the light. A native San Antonian with a mission to make SA town a craft beer destination. He’s been kicking ass and changing laws, as well as expanding our beer palettes to something much more appreciative to the amazing craft that is brewing.

Indy Coffee Co. Blends Coffee and Community

For Indy Coffee Co.’s Jake Scott, Alex Lee, Andrew Kim and Henry Shi their love of coffee extends beyond their business. To the company’s founding quartet, coffee provides an opportunity to create a community, which is their ultimate goal for the city they now call home.

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Left to Right: Alex Lee, Jake Scott. (Photo by Eddie Martinez)

For a while, Local Coffee has lead the coffee shop scene in San Antonio. The three San Antonio locations are always packed and the baristas know their regular patrons by name. Jake and Alex were early Local Coffee baristas, and through their experience there, they’ve recognize how badly San Antonio is yearning for more places for community gathering— specifically around good coffee.

Girls Inc. of San Antonio Turns 10!

Girls Inc. will be commemorating 10 years of being Strong, Smart, and Bold in San Antonio. The local non-profit is throwing a free birthday party at the historic Kiddie Park at 5:30pm on November 6th to celebrate.

The organization is a leader in our community for empowering young women. Girls Inc. provides programs and camps that aim to get local girls involved in STEM, reading and writing, and the arts. They also offer the members mentoring on topics such as healthy relationships and positive self-image. Ultimately, they provide the guidance to show that today’s young women don’t have to fit into any sort of stereotype of what a girl should be, instead giving them the tools and inspiration to be what they want to be.

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“At Girls Inc. what we try to do is be that resource for the girls, be that outpost for girls to understand that it’s okay to like this stuff. You can like this stuff and still be pretty and still like pink…you can be all of it,” says Sophia Gayou, Girls Inc. San Antonio Program Director.  “Part of our success has been in giving the girls that resource and being able to be that place to tell girls, it’s okay for you to be who you want to be.”

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