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

Beat Street Coffee Co.

By Margaret Pahl

If the name Beat Street sounds familiar, it may be because you remember that 1984 dance movie, and Us Girls Can Boogie Too. (check it out on You Tube) Or it could be that you went to the Beat Street Coffee & Bistro on Main Street in Monte Vista before it closed and morphed into our very own Beacon Hill Beat Street on Blanco, now open for breakfast and lunch Monday thru Saturday.

Chase Shipley is the Pastry Chef who purchased the name and food truck from the prior M.V. entrepreneur before launching the business from here. He used to work at the Bistro, bringing his pastries and coffee to our side of the tracks. The cinnamon swirl bunt cake will get your Monday off on the right foot, or perhaps you feel like a banana nut this morning! The shop opens at 7:00 am during the week, but Chase sleeps in a bit on Saturday and opens at 8:00am. Beat Street is currently closed on Sunday but Chase is contemplating a Sunday Brunch, so if you think you The shop serves espresso and Columbian coffees and sells beans by the pound. The coffee is purchased from fair trade suppliers. Plans are underway to start roasting in house, so our neighborhood is about to smell delicious. If you like your coffee flavored, Chase makes the syrups from would start a regular brunch bunch, let him know.scratch; currently he has chai, vanilla, mocha and pumpkin syrups. The atmosphere is wonderful and there is plenty of convenient parking in the back. A sunny deck back there provides a great spot for your morning Joe. These small businesses run by our neighbors are what makes our neighborhood so special. Just think, some people live in sterile subdivisions where their only choice is the big bucks corporate coffee chains. Stop over and meet Chase and play a part in his dream.

Senor Pinky's

By Margaret Pahl

Luis Soto has always cooked for family functions. A native San Antonian, Luis heard lots of encouragement about his skills in BBQ. He already made his own rub, sauce from scratch, cucumber relish and spice-infused pickles. He saw a vacant suite in the strip center near his house on W. Summit and opened Señor Pinky’s on May 5th. He gets help from his brother-in-law, sports radio talk show host Rudy Johnson (Sports Grind weekdays at 2pm on 760 AM). 

The meat is smoked on site for 10 hours, 8 hours naked & 2 hours wrapped . The menu is simple: pulled pork sandwich options, each with kool-aid and chips for $6.99. Larger versions cost $8.99 and kid’s meals cost $3.99. Kids under 12 eat free on Tuesdays with purchased of an adult meal. They also serve pork roasted with apples and onion tacos with cucumber relish. The slider I ate was fabulous. The bread is so fresh and soft! I smelled like smoke just from eating it. And guess what? If you call them a week in advance, they’ll cook for your party. But be sure to call them because sometimes there’s a run on their meat and then “poof” it’s gone until tomorrow.So next weekend, carry a beer over, order up some smokey pulled pork and meet the gang. You can’t help but enjoy this homegrown small business. Another great spot in our neighborhood.

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.