Lu Lu’s Classic

We have an ICE CREAM PARLOR in our neighborhood! I know you’re excited; everybody is! Especially the kids. Samuel Marquez has brought his 1950s style and his Coke collection to Beacon Hill. He could have picked many other places, but we scored. Perhaps it was the historic black tile on the front facade of the building or the large windows streaming sun into the shop. The red leather booths are comfortable and the Coke memorabilia is impressive and growing all the time. He just bought four metal stools this morning. But enough about coke, he has all of the traditional ice cream parlor fare, including cones, milk-shakes and banana splits from his 12 flavors. He also has traditional Mexican shaved ice, pure fruit, along with juices made from fruit. He buys a lot of fruit and is picky about the quality of fruit. The smoothies are delicious and come in a small size too. Everything is fresh. And for adults who may not be in the mood for ice cream, the shop features nachos, Frito pies and bacon wrapped hot dogs. The 1950s music is coming soon. He’s decided to stay open every day to see how the neighbors respond, so go over there and get a shake made the old-fashioned way with a loud blender. Once again, I find myself saying how lucky are we? Support our local businesses and keep our neighborhood unique.

Business Spotlight: Lu Lu’s Classic 1727 Blanco. Open daily 10am–9pm

Pancho's Network

By Margaret Pahl

Many of you have noticed the re-purposed mechanic’s shop that usually seems closed. I have often wondered “what’s up with that?” The spot has great bones which means I love the building and love fantasizing about what it could be with some reinvestment. It looks like a great dining/drinking patio experience just waiting to unfold. Well as I was getting my hair trimmed at Profiles I saw some people gathering over there and went over to investigate. 

I met Pancho. Frank Pancho Jimenez, the sign guy. His 40 year career was spent selling signs for Southwest Neon Signs and lots of them. He has quite the collection of wooden plaques welcoming him to the two million dollar club of fantastic sales people. He had the HEB account, the Hollywood Video account and Southwest Signs was cranking out tons of signs. He still sells new and used signs from this location but on a much smaller scale, much smaller.

I guess as he got toward retirement age, he wanted a change and found this spot and tried to open up a beer and wine bar. A 2008 public notice sign from the Texas Alcohol & Beverage Control (TABC) is still behind his desk. He remembers the BHANA was opposed to the plan and it never got off the ground. His eyes glowed as he explained his dreams of the windows and the patio cover and the wrought iron fencing he would have installed. 

Super Bean’s-where friends meet.Super Beans has a strong connection to Pancho’s heart; it was the name of his classic 1938 Ford deuce coupe. Back in the day, he was the street-racing king of San Antonio and his car was regularly displayed at antique and classic car shows. A magazine article and photos of the green Super Bean is framed and hanging in his office. History always plays a role in a business plan as a dreamer pulls together funding and visions to risk everything; just ask any business owner. They want to make money-sure- but by making something people value. The end of this story has not yet been written, Pancho. Maybe soon.