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San Antonio’s Most Inspiring Stories

The heart of our mission is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our communities. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some incredible artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with the incredible group below.

Tim Driscoll

The story of Runescarred begins five years ago after the dissolution of our previous band Dead Earth Politics, a band that had its own run of more than a decade touring throughout Texas and a good swath of the eastern half of the country. Frontman Ven Scott and I decided for personal and artistic reasons that we needed to move beyond the constraints of DEP and begin a venture that was more diverse and exploratory. So far we have met those goals and then some. Read more>>

Angela Solano

Pria was born out of the need to help my sister during a difficult time in Colombia. Back in 2019, hard times hit my older sister and her family in Bogotá, Colombia. After becoming a newly single mom, with economic hardship, and a child that needed treatment due to a rare syndrome he was diagnosed with in 2019, she was determined to find a way to support her family financially. But she needed to find something that would allow her to take her child to therapy and be with her other children. While she was at home, she crafted jewelry on the side as a hobby. I knew that I needed to support her, not only emotionally, but also financially, and then everything clicked. We decided to partner up! Read more>>

Alejandro Luna

I have always had a passion for art and design within all mediums. From a young age, I was exposed to artisans of many mediums who make, almost instinctually, impressive works of art. Some did it out of necessity, while others thrived out of sheer talent. Being Mexican-American allowed me to see creativity in two rich cultures, specifically when my uncle started a handmade classic western wear boot business from the ground up in the United States. Read more>>

Kristy Talbot

I came to San Antonio from my hometown of Corpus Christi in 2008 to complete my business degree at the University of the Incarnate Word. Upon completing my degree in 2011, I was on the job search but unsure of what I wanted to do with my new degree. In the interim, I decided to work a part-time job at a local tanning salon and eventually worked my way to becoming the company’s district manager. I felt that this was a relatively good approach to balance my interests in learning about the logistics of operating a business and my affinity for health, fashion, and beauty.  Read more>>

Jenna Eccles

After the birth of my 2nd son, I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety. I then started sharing my journey online. I talked about what I was learning in therapy and the habit changes I was making to help my mental health. I knew there were other women going through the same thing so I wanted to help them while I was learning everything myself. Fast forward 2 years (and still sharing my mental health journey) I got a call from a friend who needed a speaker for her MOPS group. She said that my PPD story could really help this group of moms. So I gave a small 10-minute speech about my story and how I was able to pull myself out of that dark place to really live a more balanced life. Read more>>

Alexandra Toiaivao

My name is Alexandra I go by Allie, but I moved to San Antonio in February 2022 with my Husband and Son, we moved from Salt Lake City Utah. I have been a Vet Tech and ER Vet Tech for 18+ years but had tried to have a baby for over 9 years. After having many miscarriages and one Pulmonary Embolism later we welcomed our son in June 2021. We decided to move to San Antonio to give our family a new start. With everything, we went through to have our son and then after my son I was having a hard time deciding to go back to work in a vet clinic or what I should do, and I decided I still wanted to work with Animals but at my own pace and not doing emergencies and traumas and then coming home to a beautiful baby. Read more>>

Azhar Gonzalez

I’ve always had an interest in fitness and wellness. I was an athlete growing up and knew I didn’t want to stray far from the field. It wasn’t until I began helping a few friends get into the shape that I realized my passion was in teaching them how to fall in love with exercise and, even more so, how to fall in love with themselves. I changed my major from nursing to kinesiology with a focus on exercise science and set my heart on training people and changing as many lives as I could. Read more>>

Henry Macias

About 16 years ago, while playing bass guitar in a local Tejano/Conjunto Band, I was introduced, through a mutual friend to the now co-founder David Herrera (accordionist from Poteet, TX). Our conversations quickly escalated to the discovery of our common love of all things that revolve around Texas Music, and we decided we needed to create our own blend. Not long after this time, we met our Hermano, James Pardo (Guitar/Bajo Sexto/Vocals from San Antonio, TX), who was working as a singer/songwriter. Read more>>

Ram Garza

Father and Son Partnership, Monterrey Furniture was established in 1995, bringing from Mexico quality imported furniture to San Antonio. We also offer custom orders, giving customers the option to bring their ideas to life most of our collections in our showroom are available for custom changes (size, color, etc.). Hand-crafted, Real wood, quality craftsmanship, one of kind furniture are what we offer. Proud to say we have been in the downtown area all this time and staying in business through many years thanks to our superior customer service and products we offer that can stay in people’s homes for generations it makes us very proud to see families that bought from us before come back after decades because now their children are married and starting their home decoration and they remember us as their best option in San Antonio. Read more>>

Cindy Onyekwelu

During my childhood, I use to attend food drives, flea markets, and local farmer’s markets in town with my mother. She was a vendor at many markets in town. I would help her sell handmade holiday gifts and various seasonal decorations to locals that would walk by our booth. I enjoyed everything! My favorite part was talking to all vendors with my mother about their American dreams. I am the first in my family to be born in the United States and my dream is to help others dreams grow in any way possible. My mother depended on her market profits back in the day, in order to make ends meet. Unfortunately, we had to close up shop due to the slow flow of local traffic and primarily depending on word of mouth for our marketing efforts. Read more>>

Xylia Garcia

I am a healer currently working in the massage therapy industry in collaboration with the new and improved, fabulous, TRANSCEND Health Spa. From my earliest years, I have been called and led to be a healer to my family, my friends, and eventually, my community. Over the years I have met my calling through different mediums until the Universe led me to the healing art of Massage and I have been practicing this healing modality for seven years now. Healing is my passion. My community is my passion. Read more>>

Antoinette Michelle

It all started in 1977, well it did! I started singing at my grandparent’s church in Alabama at the age of 3 so I was told. I’ve always sung at their church and I have been singing ever since. My grandparents passed many years ago, my grandmother passed when I was 6 years old but grandma kept me in the kitchen with her and showed me a thing or two about cooking, baking, and singing. See grandma had her own catering business and restaurant that she ran from their church all while leading the choir and raising her children, I can honestly say if I didn’t have the grandmother that I had I’m not sure how my life would have turned out. I’m glad that she was the woman for the task. Read more>>

Deni Reed

My grandpa was an award-winning musician and my family is very musically inclined so I grew up around music. When I was 15, I would play the keyboard and sing but only for my close family and friends. At 20, I was bedridden because of severe anemia so all I had was music and art for a couple of years. I got a little more comfortable and started posting myself singing on social media in 2015. A year later I made my “official” move to San Antonio from California and decided to finally pursue music in 2018. Read more>>

Elena Rabaza

Hello, my name is Elena Rabaza, I am 25 years old born in La Habana Cuba. Throughout my life, I have traveled to different countries seeking freedom when I was 9 years old my family and I left Cuba for Mexico for a better life, after a few years living in Mexico my parents decided it was time for a greater change. In 2009, we traveled 36 hours to the border of Brownsville, Texas and from there we were sent to Portland, Oregon for half a year and then left to Miami, Florida where I lived most of my Middle and High School until we moved to New Braunfels, Texas in 2014 during my Senior year. Read more>>

Jake Patterson

Yaki first opened as a food truck in Waco, TX in September of 2020. My wife Lindsey and I are both graduates of Baylor University and had recently moved back to Waco, TX at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yaki means “cooked over a fire,” and our food reflects my love for the central Texas BBQ I grew up on and the teriyaki “meal-in-a-box” style of eating that I grew to love during our years in Portland, OR. Many of our friends in Portland and Waco have food sensitivities: gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc. Read more>>

Natalie and Bruce Sivil

As a military family, Bruce retired from the Army in San Antonio after 26 years. Upon empty nest, Natalie, also an Army veteran, ran a home cake business for more than 10 years, ThatssomecakeSA. Upon “empty-nest” she returned to school to complete a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. After graduating as a Pastry Chef in 2019 from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) she awaited God’s will to lead to what may be next. Due to her 11-year gluten intolerance, Natalie had already adapted her cooking and baking to care for others with celiac or similar issues. Encouraged by the chefs at the CIA to open her own gluten-free kitchen, Bruce designed and built the mobile bakery specifically to meet this need. Read more>>

Val Childs

My journey through Catch Wrestling began with the boxing legend, Archie Moore, also a Catch Wrestler, who trained my father while he served as Muhammad Ali’s sparring partner in Chicago. I didn’t think much of the training regimen growing up. It would only be years later that I learned I was the benefactor of Catch Wrestling, the most brutal grappling system known to date. Catch Wrestling, once hailed as the greatest combat sport in the world, had nearly died out in America. Read more>>

Shawn Lowry

I am a father of 4 lovely children, and have worked within the school district for about 10 years! I noticed a lot of kids dropping out of school, some joining gangs, and being forced to grow up quicker than they should. So I wanted to create something to help uplift kids, which is where my brand A Dreamer’s Ambition started. But after a few years of working with the youth, it became apparent to me that wasn’t enough. I realized that in order to help the next generation, which is our youth, it would need to start with us as parents because ultimately, we set the foundation for our household! And that’s how No Perfect Parent and No Perfect Father came about. Read more>>

Tammy Conolly

In late 2019, I was working in a small yarn shop in Corpus Christi called Yarn Texas. I had been playing around with dyeing yarn with Kool-aid, and one day on a whim, I brought some of the yarn I dyed in to show the proprietor of the shop, Susan Chilcoat. She liked what she saw and told me that it would be fun to have some locally dyed yarns in the store and asked if I would dye some up. I ordered some professional dyes and did several colorways for the store. Read more>>

Brian Austin

Growing up my family was dysfunctional, to say the least. I took an interest in cooking because my grandma would always make something special out of the little ingredients we had. My culinary teacher in High school, Carol Hausler, knew my situation and went out of her way to get me a job at a hotel restaurant. I loved it because it got me out of the house and into a place of structure. I was hired at Silo Elevated Cuisine in 2001 and worked my way up to Sous Chef and then Chef. Read more>>

Victoria Murillo and Samuel Cabrera

Sam and I took over Crepelandia in the summer of 2017. Prior to that, I had worked at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk. I ran Crepelandia while Sam had a full-time job as a supervisor at a call center. It had always been a dream to work at the PFM since I had worked with the previous owner of the stand Marissa Schafer while I attended the Culinary Institute of America. So when the opportunity to take over was presented we jumped on it. The transition was a bit tough. Mostly growing pains from figuring out how to manage and run the stand in a way that worked for us and our family. Also having to learn to be an effective leader and communicator. Read more>>

Stephanie Duncan

In my second year of teaching, I knew I wanted to start my own business, and I for sure wanted it to be something pertaining to dogs. During this discovery phase, I noticed my dog’s hankering for ice cubes and that’s where the idea for dog popsicles came in. I had previous experience working at an emergency vet clinic, so I knew mostly what did could and could not consume, and the research began with creating recipes healthy for dogs. The transition to bite size was when I noticed some of my fluffy customers were a bit too small to enjoy a full Pawsicle. Read more>>

Joey Patino

I’d been in the local music scene for a little way, but I had never felt I was able to properly express the type of music I wanted to write, I was lucky enough to hear Chon and The Fall of Troy, and was like WOAH you can write that type of music and people will jam it?? So with that new inspiration, I found some friends who would help me make Roshii what it is today, we are also huge weebs so, in addition to playing original music, we also perform Anime cover sets, we are actually playing at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention center for San Japan soon and super excited! Read more>>

Jonathan Davis

I have been taking things apart, trying to figure them out, and then putting them back together again since I was a little kid. Most of the time I was able to successfully put those things back together! These days I just like to build things. I spent a good 10 years intensely focused on improving my drawing skills. I then started at UTSA in the Fine Arts program with the intention of focusing on drawing. The drawing program didn’t exist at the time I was trying to go. There weren’t enough professors who focused on drawing.  Read more>>

Esther Quiara

I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I used to work call center jobs and started doing art shows on the side. By art shows, I mean just posting up at a bar trying to sell my paintings. After doing that for years I finally got invited to show my work at a few local galleries. Eventually, I decided to quit my day job, and focus on my art. A good friend of mine named Joseph told me about a tattoo shop in town that was hiring for a receptionist… just to make a little cash on the side. 3 months in I was offered an apprenticeship and my love for tattoos grew from there. Read more>>

Walter and Sina Deckert

Our stand is considered a cousin. We saw a Bayou Billy Sweet Tea trailer many years ago at a military open house at Camp Mabry in Austin. We thought it was such a cool set up and who doesn’t like sweet tea in Texas? My wife kept mentioning how unique the cart looked and how cool it was to have a collectible tin mug that you could refill for a dollar for the life of the mug at any event throughout the U.S. that Bayou Billy would be at. Read more>>

Eric Hafner

My interest in photography started when I was probably 10 when I got my first camera. The interest grew as I got older and even if I stepped away here and there, it was a passion I have always come back to. It was just a hobby until a few years ago when I realized I had too many photographs to ever hang on my own walls. I wanted to share my passion with others, share the beauty around us, and also try to raise money for charity at the same time. Read more>>

Kwesi Caton

Kwesi Caton is a U.S Marine and entrepreneur. He is the proud owner of Angry Hornets Apparel and Kwesi Caton Photography. Kwesi was born in the Caribbean twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Kwesi moved to America in 2000 at the age of 13 and joined the Marines in 2014. In 2019, during his tour in Okinawa, Japan he created his own clothing brand and photography. When asked about the brand, here’s what the CEO had to say: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a Businessman! I’m proud of how far the ANGRY HORNETS Brand has come. When I started this company, I had no direction on where it was going or even where it would be at this point but I believed in myself and continued pressing forward.” Read more>>

Skylar Gilmore

Growing up I have always had a passion for art. Art was my way to express myself and let my creativity shine from project to project. I found comfort in the mediums that I was confident and comfortable with: drawing and painting. Once I got to college, I was studying Kinesiology but needed an artistic outlet so I decided to minor in art. Through minoring in art, I was given the opportunity to take photography and grow my knowledge in the field. I have always loved photography and had a passion for it, but always found it somewhat intimidating because it fell outside of my art confidence. Through the support of my friends and family, I started to take photos as a hobby and soon realized that people were liking my photos as much as I did. Read more>>

Sharon Campos

I guess I should start with who got me into photography, to begin with. My parents were involved in the production industry (Not music, or Tv production). My mom was a coordinator and my dad was in Audiovisual production. They would travel and sometimes I would go with them on trips closer to home. In Venezuela, we have a TV Program famous to everyone because it was where they broadcast all of the president’s speeches. It was called Canal Ocho (Channel Eight). Read more>>

Samantha Stevens

He got so incredibly good at painting them that we knew we needed to share his work. We opened up an Etsy shop just for “funsies” and we actually started selling his hand-painted minis! The Mage’s Hand has its ups and downs, like any new and small business, but it’s thriving because we put our all into it. While running our Etsy shop, handling the business side of it, and configuring our website, I started to realize my passion for website creation and copywriting. I always loved creative writing – I taught English after all – but copywriting is something I never tried before we started The Mage’s Hand. Read more>>

SANTANA MTB

I’m A Record Producer From The Westside Of San Antonio, Tx. I’ve Been On The Grind Day And Night To Become One Of The Best In My City. I’ve Been Working On My Craft Everyday To Master The Art Of Beatmaking in Any Music genre. Assisting Artists With Recording & Mixing Their Projects Bringing Their Vision To Life. SAN ANTONIO PRODUCTIONS Is A Independent Record Label I Build In San Antonio, Tx With A Great Team Of Collective Artists Always Working On Creating New Music. Our Goal Is To Find Music Artists Who Are Very Dedicated Into Their Music Career. Read more>>

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