A new destination venue, The Shops At 153 Main, features retail stores, a second-floor garden area with family-friendly games, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Richter Tavern, a full-service bar specializing in custom cocktails, margaritas, and a daily chef-prepared menu designed to cover fun to fine dining.
A little about our history. On a cool February morning in 1916, Arno Richter watched yet another Ford Model T putter past the old horse stables on Main Street. Boerne was evolving and he wanted to be a part of it. In 1920 Arno’s new auto garage at 153 Main leads the quaint town into the future. One hundred years later in 2016, Joi and Guy Sanders noticed a diamond in the rough at 153 Main. Because Boerne’s historic district was evolving and they wanted to be a part of it, to by 2018 they had restored Arno’s building keeping its place and pointing to the future.
Start your own story at 153 Main with a glass of your favorite wine or craft beer at the Cork and Keg nestled in Arno’s reimagined machine shop complete with a 1921 Model T. Then, venture through the custom art-filled hall to discover the fine silver jewelry of Plaza Taxco or the incredible selection of women’s clothing at Up Town Chic. These shops flow seamlessly through the original building; the design and construction techniques echo Arno’s era. Then, carry on your story with an elevated experience in late spring 2019 with four new shops. You can relax in the unique breezeway and enjoy fresh bread of Das Bakehaus. Peek at the fine collections at Boerne Bookshop. Journeying upstairs to Richter Tavern, you’ll find Boerne’s first bar built in 1869. Indulge in a seasonal locally sourced menu from Chef Chris Pheiffer served either on the second-floor patio or in a brasserie rich in turn of the century ambiance. The tale of this truly unique Hill Country destination crests in the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired private martini bar Oben which overlooks the second-floor patio with impeccable style.
For more information and to reserve your membership at Oben, visit 153MainBoerne.com
Many individuals and families are drawn to the small town of Boerne, Texas. It could be the exemplary school district and lower taxes, or perhaps it is the slower pace and natural beauty of the area. What cannot be disputed though is that Boerne is a lifestyle.
With a real estate career spanning more than 20 years, 13 of them focused on the Texas Hill Country specifically, real estate agent Kevin Best has a broad knowledge and unique understanding of the area. “Being an integral part of the development of Cordillera Ranch, the most luxurious Hill Country community in Boerne, gave me knowledge and expertise of the high-end Hill Country market,” says Kevin Best. “It also allowed me to build life-long relationships and a solid reputation for hard work.” Best is the #1 Realtor® in Cordillera Ranch two years in a row, according to the San Antonio Board of Realtors, with over $12 million year-to-date sales in 2018 and close to $250 million throughout his career inside the gates of Cordillera.
Growing up, his mother was involved in farm and ranch real estate while his father built a successful land clearing business. Kevin Best learned from a young age the importance of working hard and doing the right thing with integrity. Those life lessons carry over to today as he skillfully guides clients through the process of buying and selling real estate in an effort to provide the highest quality service. “I always strive to make the process seamless for my clients despite the chaos of financing, appraisals, surveys and a number of other issues that can derail closing,” shares Best. “I want them to walk away with a better understanding of how real estate works and know that they put their trust in the best.”
For more information visit KevinBestProperties.com
“Did you ever have an idea or vision in your head of how you wish you home could look but you don’t quite know how to achieve it?,” asks Catrina Kendrick of Catrina’s Interiors. “You are not alone, I hear this every day. Another good one is when people say ‘I’ll know it when I see it’. No, you won’t. You might see a piece of it here and there but putting it all together is the hard part. That’s where I come in and say “If you can dream it, we can build it,” shares Kendrick.
“Really, no kidding. I have been in the furniture business for many years and most of my life I have been drawing and designing furniture and interiors that were unique and outside of the box—literally. Unlike most “box” stores that try to convince you that what they have on their floor is exactly what you need, I would rather design for the home than throw things at the home.”
Many homes with traditional exteriors are being decorated with more contemporary interiors. I personally love seeing interiors lighten up and less cluttered. The Hill Country-inspired contemporary furniture that I have designed and made for the recent Greater San Antonio Builder’s Association Parade of Homes at Miraloma in Boerne fit that ticket. The builder of the home is Todd Booth from Prestige Homes, who builds a quality product with style and attention to detail on everything they build. They have a fantastic team that is always ready to listen and try something new. The design of the home was perfect for my vision overlooking the beautiful hills at Miraloma.
For more information, visit CatrinasInteriors.com
Forty minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio, Sherry and Damon Christofilis have long been Boerne residents who have come to enjoy all the events that make this part of the Hill Country a wonderful destination. Events like Dickens on Main with horse drawn carriages that ease their way down the Hill Country Mile on Main Street are reminders that simplicity and tranquility are values we all can embrace.
Since the Christofilis’ made Boerne their home, life has indeed become simpler. The panoramic vistas, breezes, and people of the Texas Hill country offer a quality of life unmatched. There are so many unique places to build relationships, with one-of-a-kind niches where you can relax and find that rare gem. Core values like prayer in schools help to form our city paving the way to a warm community with minimal crime. “We enjoy opportunities to get plenty exercise and live a purposeful life. Neighbors, whose homes we have built, have become dear friends,” says Sherry Christofilis. “It is also close enough to San Antonio for the occasional trips for entertainment, museums, the Riverwalk and the Alamo.”
Christofilis Custom Homes offers concierge home construction service in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. “Concierge” means start to finish with a personal touch. We are like a thoughtful personal assistant through the entire building process. “We first moved to Boerne in 2000 working, until recently, exclusively in Cordillera,” says Damon Christofilis. “We have meticulously built over 120 homes in the last 20 years in the Boerne Area. We are now expanding our services to the surrounding Hill Country area.”
If taking in a parade or attending a car show downtown sounds like a great weekend, then Boerne is a good choice for you as well. We would love to meet you and show you around.
For more information, visit ChristofilisHomes.com
Guadalupe River Gallery to introduce select antiques and designer pieces for the finest Texas homes, ranches, and retail projects. For refined tastes in fine furnishing, the gallery offers a vast selection of period antiques from Southern Europe’s wine producing regions with a unique emphasis on collectible and vintage furnishings from both Texas and Old Mexico that ranges the gamut from hacienda and farmhouse furniture, exclusive iron chandeliers that add special ambiance to any room, to an elegant selection of casual painted furniture. In fact, GRG debuts items especially curated for the area by owner Lance Aaron and his design and restoration team.
Discerning architects, builders and home-owners can unearth unique items such as reclaimed and aged architectural finds, including enormous salvaged doors, iron gates and garden planters. Collectors and museum curators may locate museum quality finds such as a circa-1927 Throne that once graced San Antonio’s Aztec Theater or Linda Ronstadt’s China Poblana Dress worn on the cover of her album Canciones de Mi Padre, the 1987 global smash hit. The GRG restoration team is currently restoring a major circa-1600 altar that previously belonged to William Randolph Hearst.
GRG offers vintage and antique rugs, high-quality custom reproductions, as well as hand selected regional goods and fashion accessories from Mexico such as jewelry, clothing and nostalgic wares. Complementing GRG’s original antique and historic inventory, investment-grade pieces from acclaimed living artists and craftsman are also available.
As the Hill Country is one of the fastest growing wine-producing regions in the country, GRG offers the wine connoisseur, bar cabinets and decorative wine-related accessories. What makes GRG most unique is their sense of community that offers a place that showcases the talents accomplished artists and craftsman, each with their own rare personality and soul. The gallery also presents monthly events featuring the latest inspiration in food from renown chefs and the multi-cultural musical talents from around the globe.
For more information, visit GuadalupeRiverGallery.com
Boerne is hailed as the Alamo Heights of the Hill Country with its exceptional private and public schools. But I fell in love with the spirit of community and affluent lifestyle when I moved here.
Downtown offers easy access to great shopping, dining and entertainment with several golf courses and private neighborhoods; all the amenities you would expect to find in a big city, but with a comfortable small-town feel. If you’re looking for expert guidance on the luxury side of Boerne.
For more information visit TheGravesGroup.com
Nestled on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Boerne has retained much of its charm despite the close proximity of San Antonio. Old stone buildings and historic structures remain, and have been lovingly restored, as restaurants, bakeries, antique stores, clothing stores and art galleries. Everyone greets you with a smile and a hello.
For more information visit SusanHallmark.com
“Becoming a citizen of Boerne, Texas in 1992 was an absolute game changer for me in so many ways,” shares Debra Janes. She goes on to say, “Coming back home to the San Antonio area from Uvalde where I taught public and private school Choral music for many years, one of the first things that became apparent was that I needed to be a realtor in Boerne. There were only 62 listings in all of Kendall County then and it was almost like the Austin market is now. The next-door neighbor saw a For Sale sign go up and their colleague, friend or family member bought the house before dark! Then the glory days of mentoring under Nancy Billingsly at The House Company catapulted me into the industry. She was such a force, a true trailblazing business woman and is missed by many. I will forever be grateful for her guidance, patience and instruction of how to always be gracious, stay grounded and to never figure commission before closing. Those wise words continue to pay off time and again in my 25 years of experience.”
“Since I am a San Antonio native, I still frequently travel from Boerne to San Antonio. What an experience watching the growth in Boerne. I am now cultivating the peripheral areas as we witness Boerne stretch its borders in all directions. In looking to the future, I can see that our market remains steady and strong. I also see, truly, it is the top 5% of agents in this market that are consistent, reliable and have the ability to make a deal when there seems to be no apparent or easy way to do so. It is my belief that surrounding myself with my professional peer group at KW Portfolio Real Estate has made an incredible positive impact in my performance. Our office remains at 10 Dominion Drive just a few minutes east of Boerne, yet I am in love with my life living in Boerne and continue to have great expectations for the future.”
“I want to offer my sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of you who have entrusted me with your real estate transactions. You are such a huge part of my heart, as now, I get the opportunity to sell houses to your children and their babies. How time flies when you are having fun.”
For more information, visit DebraJanesLuxury.com
“Shopping in the boutiques of Paris is one of my favorite things to do. I wanted to bring that experience to my store,” explains Barb Burger, owner of Joli Boutique in Boerne.
Joli, which means pretty, was born out of a desire to create a shopping environment that would create a “Parisian” experience. “We always make sure you are greeted upon your arrival in our shop just as you would be in Paris.”
“We relocated to Boerne from San Antonio to provide a unique atmosphere where folks take their time while shopping and enjoying family and friends,” says Burger. “Prior to relocating we perceived that there was a real need for a more refined approach to our apparel. We only order a limited amount in various sizes. We keep records on what our regular shoppers purchase so that they can be somewhat assured that they won’t see their best friend wearing the same outfit.” She goes on to say, “Our dedicated staff are great at making suggestions of new styles that fit your personality. You will leave Joli Boutique prettier than when you walked in.”
“There is also a need for our men to have a place to shop in Boerne,” shares Burger. “We evaluated what men wanted to buy when they visited the mall, resulting in our carrying shirts and jeans from Robert Graham, Tommy Bahama and underwear from 2 Under. These have become very popular with our customers.”
“Customer service is huge at Joli Boutique. Something almost non-existent in today’s shopping experience. We work collectively with other retailers in Boerne to maintain a high quality. The Hill Country Mile offers unique family events like Diva Night, Boerne Market Days, Dickens on Main, and various style shows. Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it on Main in Boerne, so stop by Joli for your “Parisian” experience.
For more information, visit JoliBoutique.org
Owning a boutique in Boerne is a dream come true for sisters Megan Baird and Aimee Zrzavy. Their passion for women’s fashion and the need for a maternity store in Boerne were the two driving factors behind Mommy 2B. The store offers maternity wear for all occasions whether it be working out at the gym, a day at the office, a night on the town, hanging by the pool or just lounging around the house. They also offer a full line of intimates and sleepwear. Mommy 2B is not just a maternity store…they have a full selection of baby and children’s apparel and toys, baby accessories, including slings and diaper bags as well as a great selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and purses. No matter what your size, age or pregnancy status, Mommy 2B is sure to have something for you.
For more information, visit ShopMommy2B.com
We are The Rivers Team and we love doing business within the beautiful city of Boerne. A unique real estate team with deep understanding of both residential and ranch properties, we pride ourselves in providing personalized service with Phyllis Browning Company, an independently owned real estate company. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit our town, you’re missing out on a long-kept secret that more and more Texans have come to discover: “life here is just better”. We are proud to have built our careers serving home buyers and sellers within every age and stage of life. In doing so, we continue giving back to the community which brings us so much fulfillment and pride, the city we are proud to call home. As longtime residents, our team serves multiple community organizations including the Kendall County Equestrian Center, Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries and other area non-profits.
Passionate about the countless programs and events Boerne has to offer, we begin every real estate transaction by learning more about our client’s interests and hobbies. With amazing schools, fantastic shopping, natural attractions and entertainment all at our fingertips, there are limitless opportunities for a vastly fulfilling life.
We always enjoy sharing the wealth of resources and trusted vendors we’ve come to love and trust with those relocating from many different areas and backgrounds. Life in the Hill Country provides far more than a change of pace or scenery. It provides a unique lifestyle with small-town charm, reliable neighbors who become lifelong friends and all the conveniences and entertainment found within a much larger city. We love having the opportunity to not only do business here, but live and raise our family here. We pride ourselves on serving clients who go on to become part of the beautiful tapestry that is Boerne.
For more information, visit RiversTeam.com
Welcome to Laurie Saunders Ltd., antiques and interiors. In the spirit of bringing new life to old things, I invite you to my new shop in the Texas Hill Country. Located on Main Street in the historic heart of downtown Boerne, you’ll find a unique selection of antique furnishings, accent pieces and gifts for your home. I have a passion for beautiful French antiques, blue and white porcelains, antique Santos, and one of a kind collector items that I find on my travels. I strive to always offer a timeless sense of style with a commitment to quality.
I grew up coming to my grandparent’s ranch in Boerne and this quaint town has held a very special place in my heart all my life, so I opened my “dream store” in downtown Boerne. I have another store in San Antonio at Rooms and Gardens, so it was an easy decision to expand on my passion for home décor.
We have something for everybody. My specialty is to enhance your home with an array of decorative items that add just the right touch to your home. You can always find an assortment of dining tables and chairs, sofas, lamps, decorative pillows, candles, books, tea towels, and everything to set a beautiful table. I change my décor with the seasons, so you will always find a new mood in the store.
We at Laurie Saunders Ltd. strive to maintain a friendly and enjoyable place to visit. We always have a bottle of wine open and offer complimentary gift wrap every day. I try to be in the store often, but Mariah and Wendy are a dynamic duo who are always available to assist you with your shopping experience. I invite you to stop by my store often, as my inventory changes daily, and I know you will find a treasure for your home.
For more information visit LaurieSaunders.com
A traffic nightmare on 410 was the final straw for me. I loved living and working in San Antonio, yet I could not take one more afternoon of two-plus hours of commuting from Alamo Heights to TMI where my son attended school. I am moving my children, our dog and my wedding planning business to the country, I decided then and there, as I sat motionless on the freeway, waiting for traffic to ease and dreaming about a little white farmhouse, country roads, and miles of rolling hills and trees as far as my eyes could see. Instead of the tail lights of the car in front of me that had not moved an inch in over 10 minutes.
A few months later, I found myself unpacking boxes in my newly purchased home next to the Guadalupe River. None of my friends believed me when I first told them I was moving to Boerne, but they believed me now as my phone lit up with text messages saying: You did it! You bought a farm in the Hill Country! Good for you!
Once the chore of unpacking was finished, the next item on the agenda was establishing myself and my special events business, Socials in the South, in my new town and it has been a joy. Driving in and around Boerne and all the charming little surrounding towns, I have discovered so many gorgeous venues situated on breathtaking pieces of land. As my business is slowly growing, I have met some truly wonderful and hospitable people and find myself asking why I didn’t move to Boerne years ago.
For more information, visit SocialsInTheSouth.com