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New Venue Serves Drinks, Food and Fundraises for Charities



Celebrate the official grand opening of The Cherrity Bar, which is a creative new concept supporting nonprofits while eating, drinking, and having a good time on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 pm to midnight.

A ribbon cutting will be at 6 pm, but the festivities will go all night, including patrons enjoying food from the new Ramen Bar at The Cherrity Bar!

According to The Cherrity Bar’s website, the purpose of the venue is to raise money for nonprofits. Here’s how it works: Three featured charities compete for the bar (not restaurant) profits every month. Patrons receive tokens for food and drink purchases that are used to cast votes for their favorite charity at one of two voting stations. Information about each charity is available on the bar’s website and in the front foyer of the bar for those who are unfamiliar with the charities. September’s featured organizations are Haven to Hope, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, and San Antonio Pets Alive!

All of the bar profits are then divided among four charities at the end of each month, said the venue’s website. The Tourette Association of America will receive 10 percent of profit every month because this organization is near and dear to the hearts of owners Pam & David Malley, who have a son with Tourette. The remaining 90 percent of the profit is divided in a 60/30/10 percent split between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, based on token votes. To become a featured charity, nonprofits apply online at
The seating is family-friendly, offering entertaining games for kids of all ages and a “chill zone” for children with special needs who could use an occasional sensory break from the hustle and bustle of the venue. Live music will be offered most nights and featured charities will host various interactive events throughout the month to spread awareness about their causes.
Parking available in lots across the street (321 and 323 Montana St) and in Lot C at the Alamodome. Go here to see the Facebook invite:


Win up to $15,000 Helping the City Find Solutions in Team Competition




Developers, engineers, data scientists and civic technologists from the San Antonio community are being asked to collaborate for a team competition to discover solutions for issues encompassing transportation, access to city services and sustainability. 

A three-day competition will be held Oct. 19-21 to determine the final team winners, solutions and prizes. The final seven teams will compete throughout the weekend and present to a SmartSA judging panel for a chance to win up to $15,000 and a potential contract with the SmartSA partners, which include CPS Energy, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, VIA Metropolitan Transit and the city of San Antonio.

The competition, which is called “The SmartSA Datathon” is powered by CivTechSA and launched Sept. 14. Team submissions will be due on Friday, Sept. 28, and finalists will be selected on Oct. 5.

The three key requests for data solutions include:

Transportation: As more people move to San Antonio, the need for reliable and affordable transportation options increases. A need exists to find new insights to improve rider experience, affordability and increase ridership.

Access to Services: As part of the SmartSA goal to create an inclusive and connected San Antonio, the existing need is to find overlaps in SmartSA services in order to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services to residents.

Sustainability: From environmental and conservation efforts, the SmartSA partners have a goal to identify sustainable and resilient strategies to meet the challenges of our rapidly growing San Antonio area population; how to continuously improve the quality of life for residents; and support residents as the City grows and changes.

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H-E-B Plans for World-Class Tech Facility in Austin




H-E-B continues its path toward becoming a dominant force in the digital retail space, announcing that it has signed a long-term lease for a building in East Austin, according to its website.

The largest privately-held employer in Texas will develop a world-class tech facility and innovation lab for its growing H-E-B Digital team and Favor, the Austin-based on-demand delivery service that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of H-E-B.

Set for completion in spring 2019, H-E-B will turn the recently renovated industrial warehouse into a creative and collaborative workspace for Austin-based Partners (employees) of the H-E-B Digital team and Favor’s corporate headquarters. H-E-B also has a strong technology and digital presence at its corporate headquarters in San Antonio and will continue to grow its digital team in both cities.

H-E-B enlisted HPI Corporate Services as its tenant broker and has engaged global architecture firm, IA Interior Architects, to fully customize the two-story, 81,000 square-foot facility. Located at 2416 East Sixth Street, the property is walking distance to several amenities such as restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and the 7th Street H-E-B store.

“This state-of-the-art space will be a hub for creativity and innovation as we continue to develop the ultimate digital experience for our customers,” said Jag Bath, H-E-B Chief Digital Officer and Favor CEO and President. “Bringing H-E-B and Favor closer together will allow us to promote collaboration between our two companies as we strengthen our commitment to building out H-E-B’s omnichannel services.”

With this expanded Austin footprint, H-E-B and Favor plan to add several hundred jobs to the local economy and are actively hiring across all areas of expertise, including product management, product design, and software engineering. Career opportunities can be found on the H-E-B and Favor websites.

This year, H-E-B has made a series of announcements and strategic technology investments to further establish the company as a technology leader in Texas, including the acquisition of Favor, the appointment of Bath as H-E-B’s Chief Digital Officer, and the recent addition of Mike Georgoff as Chief Product Officer for H-E-B Digital. In addition, H-E-B continues to enhance its digital offerings with the expansion of its H-E-B Delivery and H-E-B Curbside service, which is available in more than 145 locations across the Lone Star State and is on track to reach 165 stores in 2018.

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Learn from Aretha Franklin: Get a Will




While the Queen of Soul is known for her timeless songs, she also struggled with one of the common things many people forget to do before they die – have a will. Aretha Franklin wasn’t alone. Prince also didn’t have a will when he died.

No one wants to think of death, but not having a will means your assets from property, cars, and bank accounts can get locked up in the courts for many years if there are multiple people claiming rights to it. According to an AARP survey, 2 out of 5 Americans over the age of 45 don’t have a will.

This AARP story says there are 10 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will:

What is a will?

A will is simply a legal document in which you, declare who will manage your estate after you die. Your estate can consist of big, expensive things such as a vacation home but also small items that might hold sentimental value such as photographs. The person named in the will to manage your estate is called the executor because he or she executes your stated wishes.

A will can also serve to declare who you wish to become the guardian for any minor children or dependents, and who you want to receive specific items that you own.

What happens if I die without a will?

If you die without a valid will, your estate will be settled based on the laws of your state that outline who inherits what. Probate is the legal process of transferring the property of a deceased person to the rightful heirs.

Do I need an attorney to prepare my will?

No, you aren’t required to hire a lawyer to prepare your will, though an experienced lawyer can provide useful advice on estate-planning strategies such as living trusts. But as long as your will meets the legal requirements of your state, it’s valid whether a lawyer drafted it or you wrote it yourself on the back of a napkin.

Do-it-yourself will kits are widely available. Conduct an Internet search for “online wills” or “estate planning software” to find options.

Should my spouse and I have a joint will or separate wills?

Odds are you and your spouse won’t die at the same time, and there’s probably property that’s not jointly held. That’s why separate wills make better sense.

Who should act as a witness to a will?

Any person can act as a witness to your will, but you should select someone who isn’t a beneficiary. Otherwise there’s the potential for a conflict of interest. Some states require two or more witnesses. If a lawyer drafts your will, he or she shouldn’t serve as a witness.

Not all states require a will to be notarized, but some do. You may also want to have your witnesses sign what’s called a self-proving affidavit in the presence of a notary. This affidavit can speed up the probate process because your witnesses likely won’t be called into court by a judge to validate their signatures and the authenticity of the will.

Who should I name as my executor?

You can name your spouse, an adult child, or another trusted friend or relative as your executor. If your affairs are complicated, it might make more sense to name an attorney or someone with legal and financial expertise. You can also name joint executors, such as your spouse or partner and your attorney.

One of the most important things your will can do is empower your executor to pay your bills and deal with debt collectors. Make sure the wording of your will allows for this, and also gives your executor leeway to take care of any related issues that aren’t specifically outlined in your will.

How do I leave specific items to specific heirs?

If you wish to leave certain personal property to certain heirs, indicate as much in your will. In addition, you can create a separate document called a letter of instruction that you should keep with your will.

A letter of instruction, which isn’t legally binding in some states, can be written more informally than a will and can go into detail about which items go to whom. You can also include specifics about items that will help your executor settle your estate including account numbers, passwords and even burial instructions.

Where should I keep my will?

If you put the will in a bank safe deposit box that only you can get into, your family might need to seek a court order to gain access. A waterproof and fireproof safe in your house is a good alternative.

Your attorney or someone you trust should keep signed copies in case the original is destroyed. Signed copies can be used to establish your intentions. However, the absence of an original will can complicate matters, and without it there’s no guarantee that your estate will be settled as you’d hoped.

How often does a will need to be updated?

It’s possible that your will may never need to be updated — or you may choose to update it regularly. The decision is yours. Remember, the only version of your will that matters is the most current valid one in existence at the time of your death.

Who has the right to contest my will?

Contesting a will refers to challenging the legal validity of all or part of the document. A beneficiary who feels slighted by the terms of a will might choose to contest it. Depending on which state you live in, so too might a spouse, ex-spouse or child who believes your stated wishes go against local probate laws.

A will can be contested for any number of other reasons: it wasn’t properly witnessed; you weren’t competent when you signed it; or it’s the result of coercion or fraud. It’s usually up to a probate judge to settle the dispute. The key to successfully contesting a will is finding legitimate legal fault with it. A clearly drafted and validly executed will is the best defense.

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