Stories By Richard Webner

  • Bakery Lorraine: Icing on the cake with expansion It’s gone from making cheesecakes for friends to retail locations across San Antonio and beyond — and more are likely to come.
  • Acquisition and technology changes mark new era for NewTek The output of the San Antonio company’s main product can be seen everywhere from a television newscast to morning announcements at a middle school.
  • Rusty Taco pushes into San Antonio, the Texas taco mecca Founded in Dallas in 2010, the chain has locations across the U.S. With a store in San Antonio and more to come, it’s taking on the taco big leagues.
  • Despite Abbott’s fawning over Musk, they don’t always agree Abbott often presents himself and Musk as being of like minds. In fact, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s political views rarely match the governor’s.
  • H-E-B’s Central Market launches a ‘meatless butcher’ The new concept debuted Friday in Austin. If it works there, it could be rolled out to other Central Market and H-E-B stores.
  • The Jerk Shack brings Caribbean cuisine to San Antonio A dream after a funeral and a desire for honoring her heritage led Nicola Blaque to open the first Jerk Shack in 2018. More are coming.
  • With San Antonio Book Festival, inspiring a love of reading “What are we here to do?” the festival’s director asks. “We’re here to make an impact. We need books in the hands of kids.”
  • Spike in property values stuns S.A. homeowners Homeowners were shocked this month as they received their appraisals for 2022. Their home values had risen by an average of 23.2 percent — from $250,806 to $309,118.
  • Hot housing market in San Antonio forcing iBuyers to wait Opendoor and other iBuyers pride themselves on speed. But they’re not always so quick about selling the homes they buy in San Antonio.
  • Home values surge, S.A. owners bracing for bigger tax bills San Antonio-area property values are surging at a rate unprecedented in recent history, which means much bigger tax bills are coming.
  • At Army Residence Community, ‘closing ranks’ in retirement The Army Residence Community stands out among senior communities in that its cottages and apartments are reserved for retired service members and their spouses.
  • GM at Hotel Contessa predicts bright future for S.A. hospitality The revitalization of San Antonio’s downtown and the return of its convention business are reasons to be bullish on hospitality and the city, he says.
  • Whataburger expands to major southeastern metro Whataburger plans to expand into the Atlanta area this year, bursting into one of the few regions of the Sun Belt where it does not already have a presence.
  • Georgia on its mind: Whataburger expands to Atlanta Whataburger plans to expand into the Atlanta area this year, bursting into one of the few regions of the Sun Belt where it does not already have a presence.
  • PNC’s San Antonio expansion comes amid banking consolidation The Pittsburgh-based bank moved into San Antonio with its acquisition of the American banking business of BBVA. It now has 21 branches in the city.
  • Jim’s Restaurants family feud just latest in a long line Here’s a look at four other cases from recent years in which San Antonio-area families have gone to war with themselves over business matters.
  • H-E-B replaces, expands store in New Braunfels The roughly 110,000-square-foot new supermarket will include the chain’s first two-story True Texas BBQ.
  • Uncommon Collective brings together talent for videos The collective sprang from get-togethers between the founder and friends in the industry, during which, she said, “We would just vent about our jobs.”
  • Rental companies picking up more S.A. homes as Zillow exits The Seattle-based real estate company began buying and selling homes in 2019. Since October, it’s sold more than 300 of them in San Antonio.
  • Elon Musk’s tunnel company has a lot of ideas, little success So far, the Boring Co. has one tunnel transit system working, in Las Vegas. A San Antonio airport-to-downtown loop lands on the “could work” list.