Art Of The Smoke

– By Ben Schooley Barret and Claire Klein, owners of Klein’s Smokehaus in Boerne, enjoy the fact that their business is pretty much the “must-have” BBQ destination when coming through Boerne. While they also run an extremely busy deer processing business at the same location, their dedication to their customers and innovative products have built…


Survivor’s Story

– By Casey Bonham Growing up in a small town where everyone knows your Mom and being the oldest of 3 sisters can have its’ diabolic obstacles. Little did Shanon Collins know, her journey from a youngster in Boerne to a mother, wife and ultimate survivor would be filled with unimaginable consequences. “I had a…


John Bennett: Romancing The West

In a luxuriantly landscaped yard next to a charming 1880’s Sunday House in Fredericksburg stands a bronze statue of Annie Oakley kneeling beside her cherished dog, Dave. Surrounded by thick foliage and towering trees, an old cedar pavilion behind her provides an authentic rustic touch to the life-sized sculpture of the famous cowgirl. Created by…



We work almost exclusively with local small businesses in EXPLORE. These are our neighbors, our friends, and our kids play soccer together. There have been other “BEST OF” type contests, but because of the voting mechanisms, the results were frequently cast into a questionable light. So after much planning and tech planning, we have launched…


Old Timer – August 2019

Mobility. Traffic. God-forsaken stupid endless construction. A sea of red brake lights. All in little ol’ Boerne. Pull up a chair kiddies. Your favorite friendly Old Timer is going to fix our traffic congestion in town. I’ve grown weary of it, as I know you have as well, but I’ve got solutions. So here we…


The Art of Helping

There’s a tangible difference between good customer service and pure, good-hearted business. Frank Ritchie, owner of Ritchie Automotive, is the local mascot for the latter. In twelve years, his Christ-centered business has risen above the local competition by simply lending a helping hand where it is needed. As a mechanic at Boerne Collision, Frank began…

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