School’s out for summer: Omni La Mansión del Rio debuts exclusive all access San Antonio package for families

Omni HotelsSummer vacation is right around the corner, and to celebrate, San Antonio’s Omni La Mansión del Rio is rolling out the red carpet for both the young and the young at heart. The new All Access San Antonio Family Package offers families an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the top attractions in San Antonio while enjoying Omni La Mansión del Rio’s luxurious accommodations and signature service.

La Mansion ExteriorOmni La Mansión is the only hotel in San Antonio offering a package of this caliber, with guests receiving tickets to the city’s most renowned attractions – including the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, the Texas Ranger Museum, Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Tomb Rider 3D – as part of the hotel’s unprecedented partnership with Phillips Entertainment Inc. Families will also enjoy one complimentary ticket per guest, per stay, to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise, a 35-minute narrated history of the famed San Antonio River Walk on which Omni La Mansión del Rio resides.

Kitchen Kids BackpackYounger guests will also celebrate the end of the school year in style with an Omni Sensational Kids backpack, their own activity agenda and a special sweet treat turndown consisting of cookies or brownies and milk. Meanwhile, parents (and their wallets) will appreciate the daily breakfast included for each registered guest along with valet parking for one vehicle daily.

The package is available now through the end of 2014. Rates for the All Access San Antonio Family Package start at $369 per night for a family of four, based on availability. For more information or to book your stay at Omni La Mansión del Rio, please call (210) 518-1000 or visit www.omnilamansion.com.

About Omni La del Rio
Situated on the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the historic Omni La Mansión del Rio marries Spanish Colonial architecture and old-world charm with modern comforts.  Hallmarks of this authentic experience include 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant, flexible meeting and event space and unparalleled service standards. For more information, call (800) 843-6664 or visit www.omnilamansion.com.

 

H-E-B ‘Market at Stone Oak’ and Oak Crossing restaurant now open to the public

HEB_logo_plainStone Oak community leaders, neighbors and customers joined H-E-B leadership on Friday, June 19 to celebrate the completion of the one-of-a-kind H-E-B Market at Stone Oak, located at 23635 Wilderness Oak. The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks by Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and Duane Wilson, President and CEO of the North Chamber of Commerce.

The new 80,000-square-foot market is the first of its kind in San Antonio, and the second in the entire state to feature an H-E-B restaurant adjacent to the store. The Stone Oak location now offers customers thousands of unique product selections in hundreds of expanded departments, and also features an outdoor children’s playground. The store and restaurant combined employ a total of 350 people.

“It was important for to us to build a store that is able to serve the unique needs of Stone Oak’s diverse and rapidly expanding community,” said Kim Harle, H-E-B Public Affairs Manager. “From families and young professionals to seniors in the area, the Market at Stone Oak will provide everyone with unique, high-quality products at an affordable price.”

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, H-E-B also made a dream come true for 15-year-old cancer survivor, Kaylee Carew. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, H-E-B surprised Carew by fulfilling her wish to stay at the Disney Resort in Hawaii with her family. In addition, H-E-B donated $1,000 each to the following organizations: Johnson High School, Lopez Middle School, Wilderness Oak Elementary, Hardy Oak Elementary and the Mays YMCA. All commemorative donations for the day amounted to a total of more than $20,000.

“At H-E-B, we view each store opening as an opportunity to give back to the communities we serve and say thank you to our customers for their continued support,” said Suzanne Wade, H-E-B President of the San Antonio Food and Drug Division. “Today’s donations demonstrate our ongoing commitment to our San Antonio customers and to education in Texas.”

Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant known as Oaks Crossing will serve a variety of chef-inspired meals, rare wines and a wide selection of Texas craft brews on tap. Menu items will include: locally sourced barbeque with traditional sides, Neapolitan-style pizzas, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pasta bowls, Asian-inspired bowls, small appetizer plates, hamburgers, Mexican food, a children’s menu and variety of desserts. Customers can choose to enjoy their meal in the indoor café seating area, or on the expansive outdoor patio which will feature misters, fans, heaters, televisions and live entertainment.

Oaks Crossing will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature live jazz music on the patio.

Highlights from the new store include:

  • An in-house pharmacy with dedicated pick-up and drop-off counters, immunizations, a patient education room, two-lane drive-through service and prescription delivery service
  • A dedicated seafood department with specialty products and additional frozen and fresh options including fish, shellfish and fresh seafood burgers
  • Healthy Living department with over 200 bulk food items, spices, tea, fresh-ground nut butters, local honeys, bulk jerky and organic beauty products
  • The largest beer and wine section of any San Antonio H-E-B location, featuring over 600 beer brands and hundreds of local and international wines
  • A produce section with over 100 local and organic selections, fresh juice station, and in-store fruit and vegetable cutting station
  • Full-service meat market offering USDA Prime, natural and organic meats
  • An expansive deli featuring over 250 fresh-cut artisanal cheeses, over 30 varieties of hummus, charcuterie plates and in-house roasted meats
  • A bakery department with custom, “to-order” cake decorating, scratch flour tortillas and bread and individual pastries
  • A general merchandise department with expanded offerings in the following categories: Sports Nutrition, Cosmetics, Organic baby assortments and Pro hair Care

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President Richard Perez and North Chamber of Commerce President Duane Wilson both thanked H-E-B for their investment in San Antonio and for their commitment to area nonprofit organizations.

“H-E-B has a long history in the San Antonio area, and we are thrilled to be here today to help celebrate the opening of this wonderful new store,” said Perez.  “The City of San Antonio is also very lucky to have H-E-B as a corporate partner who understands the importance of local initiatives and support for nonprofit organizations,” added Wilson.

HEB_stoneoak1Members of the Johnson High School choir sign the National Anthem during the H-E-B Market at Stone Oak ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.

HEBstoneoak215-year-old cancer survivor Kaylee Carew was presented with an award for bravery and a special trip to the Disney resort in Hawaii with her family. Pictured: Kimberly Harle – HEB Public Affairs, Harry Hauck – H-E-B Market at Stone Oak Unit Director, & Kaylee Carew.

HEBstoneoak3Stone Oak community members and store leaders cut a red ribbon in front of the first-ever H-E-B Market at Stone Oak.

HEBstoneoak4Stone Oak community members and store leaders of the first-ever H-E-B Market at Stone Oak celebrate completion of the first-of-its-kind H-E-B during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 19.

Accion Texas announces faster, more streamlined process for community advantage small business loans

Accion logo colorThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) acknowledged Accion Texas’s success as a small business lending partner by granting the nonprofit organization the “delegated authority” to cut approval times for applicants of the 7a Community Advantage loan from up to four weeks to within four days.

The SBA 7a Community Advantage program offers qualifying businesses with small business loans up to $250,000 to start or expand a business. Accion Texas started participating in the 7a Community Advantage loan program in July 2011, after the SBA started the pilot program in February that year. Since then, Accion Texas has approved 20 loans totaling more than $2.9 million to small businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

With delegated authority, Accion Texas can approve SBA 7a Community Advantage loans to small businesses without forwarding applications to the SBA to review, cutting the approval process time down from weeks to just days. The SBA gives the designation of “delegated authority” to mission-focused, community-based lenders that serve low-income communities, based on the organization’s loan volume and loan quality.

This spring, Accion Texas received an award from the National Association of Development Companies for being one of the top 10 SBA 7a Community Advantage lenders in the nation. Accion Texas placed fifth among several dozen lenders participating in the SBA program.

“We’re excited that we can help small business owners achieve their dreams through the SBA 7a Community Advantage loan program,” said Dan Lawless, chief lending officer at Accion Texas. “Our goal this year is to double our approvals for the 7a program to $2.2 million. Being given delegated authority will help us achieve this goal.”

The Community Advantage loan product was designed by the SBA to reach underserved communities whose small business owners typically find it difficult to secure funding elsewhere. The product is a term loan with an interest rate range from 7.25 to 9.25 percent.

In order to be considered eligible for this loan program, businesses must meet one of the following requirements: The business must be located in low- to moderate-income community, in an Empowerment Zone, Enterprise Community, or HUB Zone. The business must be considered a “small business” according to SBA standards, or be owned by a veteran.

About Accion Texas
Accion Texas Inc. is a nonprofit, multi-state microlending company and small business lender that helps new and existing entrepreneurs successfully grow their businesses. Through affordable lending and business development services, Accion Texasis committed to empowering diverse individuals and small businesses that have limited access to traditional sources of capital.

Since we opened our first office in San Antonio with three employees in 1994, Accion Texas has helped thousands of people achieve their small business dreams. We’ve made nearly 15,000 loans totaling more than $160 million. Accion now operates in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. We offer business loans between $500 and $250,000 throughout our footprint, and up to $5.5 million in Texas through the SBA 504 lending program. Additionally, we offer training, networking opportunities and other support services for hardworking entrepreneurs. To learn more about Accion Texas’s offerings, call 888-215-2373 or visit www.acciontexas.org.

Padgett, Stratemann & Co.: Why winning unemployment claims really does matter

Padgett Stratemann & Co.PS&Co. Cynthia Mergele

 

 

By Cynthia Mergele
Padgett Stratemann & Co., SPHR,PI

On the face of it, responding to an unemployment claim seems simple enough — answer a few questions and provide the reason why the person is no longer employed by your company.  However, many employers are frustrated by the lack of success they experience in “winning” claims, and this level of frustration is heightened at year-end when they receive the new increased unemployment tax rate for the coming calendar year.

It’s critical that employers realize there are two different types of notices that have unemployment tax implications — “Employer Notice of Unemployment Claim” or “Notice of Maximum Potential Chargeback.”  The unemployment claim is sent to the employer who is indicated as the former employee’s (“claimant”) last employer.  The chargeback notice is sent to all employers who are showing wages during the base period (the period of time used to determine benefits).   Employers frequently ignore chargeback notices, not understanding that while their response will not affect whether or not the former employee receives benefits, a “successful” response could prevent the employer for being charged for any unemployment benefits attributed to their respective chargeback period.

The most important facts to consider regarding unemployment claims are the basis for what determines an applicant’s disqualification for benefits.  Individuals that are out of work through no fault of their own (layoff, reduction in force, etc.) are considered qualified for benefits.  Employees who quit voluntary would be considered disqualified.  But a word of warning — offering the employee the opportunity to quit to avoid being fired is not voluntary!  Discharge for misconduct related to work is also cause for disqualification, but employers have to be clear that misconduct occurred — in very simple terms, the employee did something wrong that they knew was wrong and (in most cases) was warned and given the opportunity to correct the issue.  An employee’s inability or lack of skill in performing their work is not misconduct.

Claimants who are paid wages in lieu of notice will be disqualified for benefits for the period of time in which they continue to receive these wages.  Also, claimants who are receiving workers’ compensation or a retirement pension would be disqualified for benefits.

Success in winning claims is in the documentation and facts provided.  The easiest way to prove employees are aware of the rules is to show evidence of a written policy and the employee’s receipt of the policy — a signed acknowledgement of receipt of an employee handbook and a copy of the policy from the handbook which shows the policy violated.  Evidence of counseling of earlier violations is also critical to include statements provided to employees that communicate the consequences of future violations to include termination.  Providing information regarding witnesses is imperative. Employers should avoid “muddying the waters” with issues that are not related to the reason for the termination.  And while last, but not certainly not least important, try to avoid delays of time between the final violation and the termination.  If there is a delay in time between the date of the final offense and the termination, show a good business reason for the delay — whether it was time needed to conduct an investigation, or the fact that the supervisor was away.  Not providing valid reasons for these types of delays can have detrimental impact on employers successfully defending claims.

Unemployment claims can be costly.  For 2014, the highest unemployment tax rate is 7.41% and the average rate is 1.66%.  For a company with 100 employees, the difference in rates represents an additional tax of $51,750!

Employers need to be deliberate, diligent, and timely in responding to unemployment claims and chargeback notices.  They should also consider seeking the support of legal counsel if they have concerns with litigation, as information provided on unemployment claims is subject to discovery.

Security Service Federal Credit Union recognized for worksite wellness efforts in Texas and Utah

Security Services Federal Credit UnionThe San Antonio Business Group on Health (SABGH), in collaboration with the Mayor’s Fitness Council, recognized Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) with a Silver Award in the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program. It is the fifth year the credit union has been recognized in the category for workplaces with more than 200 employees.

In addition, the credit union was recognized by the Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion (UCWHP) with a Platinum 2014 Healthy Worksite Award. This award is the state’s premiere award honoring outstanding achievements of businesses and organizations that have employee health promotions and wellness programs. The Utah award was based on corporate activities and outcomes for employee programs focused on the general worksite, environment, nutrition, physical activity, safety and prevention.

SSFCUHealthyWorkplaceShown in the photo (from left):  Dr. Peter Wald, SABGH Chairman; Amanda Kassler, Compensation & Benefits Manager, SSFCU; Anne Hoeffner, AVP, Compensation & Benefits, SSFCU; Mayor Julian Castro; and Jeff Skelton, San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council Vice Chairman.

The credit union is well known for its sponsorship of community fitness events where employees and their families have the opportunity to participate in activities promoting physical fitness. Beyond fitness, SSFCU supports health and wellness in a very holistic way, promoting health education, physical activity, nutrition, smoking & tobacco cessation, financial fitness and more.

At the San Antonio awards ceremony, SSFCU compensation and benefits manager Amanda Kassler served as keynote speaker, presenting the credit union’s wellness initiative and best practices for the nearly 50 companies present.

“Since we started our wellness program six years ago, we’ve seen huge results,” said Anne Hoeffner, SPHR, SSFCU assistant vice president of compensation and benefits. “While we’ve received many industry awards, we’re particularly proud of the results…millions of steps taken…thousands of hours of exercise logged…thousands of pounds of weight lost. Our employees are taking up healthy habits and getting rid of the bad ones. We’re really making a difference,” she added.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $7.9 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.

 

Broadway Bank: Everything is a process

BroadwayBank_Logo_tagOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArticle by John A. Wood
Broadway Bank Senior Vice President
Process Improvement Coordinator Finance

Better … faster … cheaper … are common objectives for businesses that understand that long-term success and survival depends on their ability to achieve continuous improvement. When we get down to it, “everything is a process.” It’s often a challenge to understand or recognize the larger processes involved in completing a project. Instead we focus our attention on discrete acts and moments to get through the task at hand in order to move on to the next one. This is a survival method for those who just see the overwhelming number of tasks that must be completed. However, seeing the big-picture process helps us prioritize or even question the need for theses various tasks.

Preparing a meal, conducting a financial transaction or building a piece of equipment each require a series of steps that produce a product, service or desired outcome. We must determine if the process produces desirable results and then we can see how changes in process steps can affect and/or improve the final output.

So, who determines if the process outputs are desirable? If I am the only person who eats the meal I prepare, then I decide if the process of making it was successful. However, if I’m the chef at a five-star restaurant, then my customers make that determination.

Most small and large businesses are aware of their various processes, but they may not understand the true quality of their process outputs. If they do not understand where process quality occurs, they cannot determine which process steps to improve or modify to achieve the greatest positive gains.

The optimal “process for managing our processes” would include the following steps:

1. Define the process — What is the overall output we are trying to achieve? For example, an auto mechanic might define the completion of his overall process by saying the output is a repaired vehicle.

2. Define the process steps — For vehicle repair, the steps might include: 1) receive a vehicle, 2) diagnose a problem, 3) order needed parts, 4) replace those parts, 5) rerun diagnostics, 6) collect payment, and 7) deliver the finished vehicle.

3. Define the quality standards of the process — What are the “critical to quality” (CTQ) elements of the process output? An auto mechanic might determine that passing a final diagnostic test indicates a satisfactory process outcome. But, is he the one who ultimately determines the quality of the process? What if the repair is made using substandard parts that won’t last long? What if the car is returned to its owner with grease stains on the upholstery? What if the repair took too long to complete?

4. Adjust or improve process steps to achieve the desired outcome from the perspective of the ultimate customer — The mechanic might want to consider changing the step where parts are ordered, or using a protective covering on the upholstery or revising the scheduling step so repairs are completed in a timely manner.

The steps in this example are simplistic. They don’t consider that various constraints like budgets, legal requirements and culture will possibly impact our work. But understanding how our efforts are part of a larger process will both help us take advantage of opportunities and deal with constraints.

Businesses need to understand their primary processes and whether those processes truly achieve the best quality outcomes in the eyes of their customers. Only then can they achieve the ongoing improvement that is so critical to their long-term success!

Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art

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Purple Robe and AnemonesThe San Antonio Museum of Art is presenting Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art through September 7, 2014. This exhibition features eighty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning six decades of Henri Matisse’s prolific career. Drawn from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s permanent collection, perhaps the finest collection of Matisse’s work in the world, Matisse: Life in Color offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Antonio, and indeed, all of Texas and our region, to share in the beauty and importance of such a magnificent body of work.

“The exhibition will enrich our community and increase the national and international stature of the San Antonio Museum of Art as well as the city of San Antonio as an important cultural destination,” said Katherine C. Luber, The Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art.

As one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) fundamentally altered the course of modern art with his stylistic innovations. Across a succession of stylistic periods, Matisse aimed to discover the “essential character of things” through art that expressed balance and serenity. He experimented throughout his career with abandoning conventional perspective and form in favor of dramatically simplified areas of pure color, flat shapes and decorative patterns.

Upcoming Programs Include

ArtBites Presents: Dining with Matisse, a tour of the exhibition and cooking class, Wednesday, July 23, 4:30-8:00 p.m., or Thursday, July 24, 4:30-8:00 p.m., or Sunday, July 27, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Matisse: Artmaking, music, cash bar, July 22, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Family Flicks: Hugo Saturday, July 12, outdoors at sundown.
Timed Ticket reservations: www.samuseum.org/Matisse/tickets. Free to members.

Broadway Bank celebrates the ‘Big 4-0’ with Wilderness Oak banking center

BroadwayBank_Logo_tagBroadway Bank is celebrating the big 4-0 with the opening of the Wilderness Oak banking center at 23510 Wilderness Oak Road in Stone Oak on June 16. This marks the fortieth Broadway banking center serving San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding communities.

BB_40 banking centerWilderness Oak follows the opening of the Congress Avenue banking center in Austin on May 19. Like the Congress Avenue banking center, Wilderness Oak offers the latest in convenience banking including a customer bistro and conference room and a self-service coin machine.

“The opening of Wilderness Oak is the right combination of commitment to personalized attention that is at the core of how Broadway Bank does business and innovation,” said Jim Goudge, Broadway Bank chairman and CEO. “Our intentions are always to keep the customers unique needs and expectations as our number one priority.”

Wade Scroggins steps in as the Wilderness Oak market manager bringing 13 years of banking experience in the Stone Oak/Vineyard market area.

The Wilderness Oak banking center features a “Smart” ATM, night depository, safe deposit boxes and a motor bank. The Broadway Bank portfolio of banking services includes commercial real estate, business banking, private banking, wealth management and personal banking.

The Wilderness Oak banking center finishes out a triad of banking centers in the Stone Oak area, including the Encino and Stone Oak banking centers. A fourth Broadway Banking center on 16767 Huebner Road offers an additional location along the 1604 corridor also nearby.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly-rated Bank operates 40 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.

Summer Swimming Lessons Offered at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

Seaworld aquaticaBeginning Sunday, June 8, children ages six months through 10 years can dive into swimming lessons at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Whether your child is new to the water or simply learning to become a stronger swimmer, Aquatica will have a class for every skill level.

Classes will be taught by certified American Red Cross water safety instructors who can teach several skill levels, so a child can easily build their confidence in the water. Younger children will learn basic aquatic skills such as blowing bubbles and treading water. Advanced classes will focus on specific skills such as arm strokes and leg kicks, as well as emergency assist techniques.

“As the Texas temperatures continue to rise, SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio would like to stress the importance of making sure children learn how to swim,” said Tim Morrow, Vice President of Aquatica. “Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will.”

Parents will have the choice between two sessions through August 22:

  • One Week Sessions: This class will meet every day for one week, Monday through Friday, starting on the Monday of their choice.
  • Sunday Sessions: This class will meet every Sunday for five weeks starting from the day of their choice.
  • Each session includes five classes that last 45 minutes. Classes will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Each session is $60 per student and $48 for students with a SeaWorld + Aquatica 1 Year or Platinum Pass. A SeaWorld + Aquatica Fun Card or Pass is required for admission to swimming lessons.

For specific dates, times and to make reservations, guests can call (800) 700-7786 or visit AquaticaSanAntonio.com.

Programs:

  • Parent & Child Aquatics (ages 6 months to 3 years) – Parents join their little ones in the pool for an exciting introduction to the world of aquatics.
  • Preschool Aquatics (ages 4 and 5) – This beginners class teaches swimming basics like blowing bubbles and buoyancy. It’s a great way for kids to start feeling comfortable in the pool.
  • Learn to Swim: Levels 1 & 2 (ages 6 and older) – Children will learn how to feel comfortable underwater – from blowing bubbles and treading water, to retrieving submerged objects and using both arms and legs to swim. (There are no prerequisites for this class.)
  • Learn to Swim: Levels 3 & 4 (ages 6 and older) – In this advanced swimming class, children will learn more complex swimming strokes while having fun at the same time. (Children must have a Level 2 certificate or must demonstrate all completion requirements in order to progress into deeper water.)

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011 SeaWorldParks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.

H-E-B ‘Market at Stone Oak’ slated to open Friday, June 20th

HEB_logo_plainSan Antonio community leaders, neighbors and customers are invited to join H-E-B leadership on Friday, June 20 to celebrate the much-anticipated opening of the one-of-a-kind Market at Stone Oak, located at the corner of Hardy Oak and Wilderness Oak.

The new 80,000-square-foot store will offer customers thousands of unique product selections in hundreds of departments, an outdoor children’s playground and a family-friendly restaurant adjacent to the store named Oaks Crossing.

H-E-B stoneoak2Open for lunch and dinner, the Oaks Crossing eatery will serve a variety of chef-inspired meals, rare wines and a wide selection of Texas craft brews on tap. Menu items will include: locally sourced barbeque with traditional sides, Neapolitan-style pizzas, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pasta bowls, Asian-inspired bowls, small appetizer plates, burgers, Mexican food, a kid’s menu and variety of desserts. Customers can choose to enjoy their meal in the indoor café seating area, or on the expansive outdoor patio which will feature multiple televisions and live entertainment. The restaurant will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Thursday and 11 AM to 12 AM on Friday through Saturday. On Sundays, the hours will be 10 AM – 10 PM with a jazz brunch from 10 AM – 2 PM.

“H-E-B is thrilled to add another uniquely tailored neighborhood store to our San Antonio community,” said Dya Campos, H-E-B Public Affairs Director. “Bringing low prices and great service to San Antonio is an H-E-B tradition, and we look forward to serving the Stone Oak community for many years to come.”

heb-stoneoak-piThe Market at Stone Oak will showcase an array of specialty departments, including: an expanded H-E-B Organics section, a produce selling station and fresh juice bar, a sushi shop, a nut butter station and a specialty cheese shop. The unique store layout will also feature the largest beer and wine section in the San Antonio region and a Primo Pick Kitchen.

Additional highlights from the new store will include:

  • An in-house pharmacy with dedicated pick-up and drop-off counters, immunizations, a patient education room, two-lane drive-through service and prescription delivery service
  • A dedicated seafood department with specialty products and additional frozen and fresh options including fish, shellfish and fresh burgers
  • Healthy Living department with over 200 bulk food items, spices and tea. Choose from fresh-ground nut butters, local honeys, bulk jerky and natural and organic beauty products.
  • A beer and wine section with over 600 beer brands, 37 percent of which will be craft offerings, as well as a wine selection featuring local and international offerings from Greece, Israel, Yugoslavia and South Africa
  • A produce section with over 100 local and organic selections, fresh juice station, and in-store fruit and vegetable cutting station
  • Full-Service Meat Market offering USDA Prime, natural and organic meats
  • An expansive deli featuring over 250 fresh-cut artisanal cheeses, over 30 varieties of hummus, charcuterie plates and in-house roasted meats
  • A bakery department with custom, “to-order” cake decorating, scratch flour tortillas and bread and individual pastries
  • A general merchandise department with expanded offerings in the following categories: Sports Nutrition, Cosmetics, Organic baby assortments and Pro hair Care