San Antonio’s Vibrant Pearl District

 

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Pearl District
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Recently retired, Reid Hackney was a vice president and the chief financial officer of A’GACI retail wear in San Antonio. As a resident, Reid Hackney particularly enjoyed the city’s well-known Pearl District.

Adjacent to the San Antonio River, the area’s revitalization began in 2001 with the purchase of the historic Pearl Brewery. Covering 22 acres, the district now hosts annual events such as Tamales! At Pearl and the Echale Latino Music Estyles. In addition to notable restaurants, the Pearl boasts several other landmarks:

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), whose students display their talents at the Nao Latin Gastro Bar. One of only three such locations in the country, the CIA operates a $35 million scholarship fund for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Hotel Emma, a 180-room luxury hotel named after Emma Koehler, past owner of the Pearl Brewery. Visitors admire the elegant lobby, designed by architect August Maritzen.

The Farmer’s Market features fresh, organic offerings drawn from 150 miles around. The San Antonio Current recently designated it the city’s best.

The Museum Reach River Development is a 1.33-mile addition to San Antonio’s famed River Walk. Walking, biking, and kayaking accesses a park and amphitheater while riverboats traverse its waterway.

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Biking the Mission Reach Trail in San Antonio

 

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Mission Reach
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Based in San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney is now retired but spent more than a decade as a lead financial executive for a major retail brand. Reid Hackney enjoys many hobbies, including biking around the San Antonio Missions.

The historically significant Alamo, the site of a traumatic battle between Texas and Mexico, is one of the most popular sites in Texas. Found in San Antonio, the Alamo is a part of a series of missions built by Spanish colonists to convert Native Americans.

One of the best ways to visit the Alamo and the other missions is to cycle along the 15-mile bike-friendly Mission Reach trail system. The trail is designed for casual bikers, with restrooms, picnic areas, and water fountains along the way. You can rent a bike at a B-Cycle station near the trail and lock it up at stations along the way. Additionally, download a bike trail map or pick up a paper map at the San Antonio Visitor’s Center. Then, embark on an unforgettable journey!

Ensuring a Proper Boot Fit When Hiking

 

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Hiking Boots
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With a background as a retail executive, Reid Hackney oversaw a full range of accounting and financial functions spanning distribution, logistics, and imports while working with a major retail brand. Also an outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys activities such as hiking and cycling in his free time.

When taking a hiking or backpacking excursion that extends more than a couple hours, one of major factor that comes into play is the fit of the footwear. As a rule, hiking shoes require a certain amount of breaking in, given that they will be traversing often-rugged and -uneven terrain. Even a slightly off fit will be noticeable as the miles progress in the form of tender feet and blisters.

To break in a new pair of hiking shoes, wear them around the house and in everyday activities as much as possible. Wearing the same socks as you plan to hike in, take them on extended walks and test them out. In cases of “hot spots” forming, apply moleskin liberally to protect the feet from blisters.

After a period of time, a twofold process will occur of the feet adapting to the boot and the footwear adapting to the contours of the foot. In cases where a good fit simply does not develop, swap them for a better-fitting pair before a major hike.

An 18th-Century Dining Experience at Restaurant Gwendolyn

 

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Restaurant Gwendolyn
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A longtime executive in finance, Reid Hackney is the vice president and chief financial officer of major fashion retail brand A’GACI, LLC. Besides being an expert in retail finance, Reid Hackney enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and hiking. He is also a foodie and enjoys trying new restaurants in San Antonio.

Restaurant Gwendolyn is one popular San Antonio restaurant. Chef Michael Sohocki opened the restaurant–which he named after his grandmother–in 2010 with the goal of serving local, seasonal, and handmade food just like in the 1850s, before the industrial revolution. He refuses to use fryers, mixers, blenders, and other food-preparation machines and works to source his supply of fresh ingredients from ranchers and farmers that he trusts.

Sohocki chooses to preserve meat in house using different techniques like salting, drying, pickling, and smoking. This unique approach to food and cooking earned Restaurant Gwendolyn a Zagat rating of 4.5 stars.

San Antonio to Launch Dockless Bike Share Program

 

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Bike Share
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A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and resident of San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney led a successful career as an executive for retail companies such as A’GACI. Now retired, Reid Hackney pursues a diverse range of outdoor hobbies, including hiking and exploring urban parks. An avid bicyclist, he enjoys biking in and around San Antonio.

As part of the city’s commitment to providing low-cost, environmentally friendly transportation options, San Antonio city leaders recently announced a new joint initiative with San Antonio Bike Share, a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing bike-sharing options to San Antonio. Currently, San Antonio Bike Share operates B-Cycle, a bike-sharing program that allows users to rent bikes from established stations around the city for short trips.

The new initiative would enhance this program by adding dockless bicycles to B-Cycle’s fleet. Dockless bikes already are used in several other cities around the country and provide the convenience of not needing a special station to secure the bicycles. Instead, program participants simply “check out” and “check in” their bikes, using a mobile app, anywhere that is most convenient for them. The city and B-Cycle hope to offer a formal program proposal in the spring of 2018.

Eight Penn State Players Invited to NFL Combine

 

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Penn State
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Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer of San Antonio, Texas’ AGACI. An accounting alumnus of Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a passionate fan of the school’s football team.

The 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft takes place from April 26 to April 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and as many as eight former Nittany Lions are hoping to be selected in the seven-round draft. Running back Saquon Barkley headlines a class of eight Penn State players who were invited to the NFL Combine. The others are tight end Mike Gesicki, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, linebacker Jason Cabinda, cornerbacks Christian Cambell and Grant Haley, and safeties Troy Apke and Marcus Allen.

Through three seasons with Penn State, Barkley compiled 3,843 rushing yards as well as 1,195 receiving yards. He also had a combined 51 touchdowns. Barkley is expected to be taken early in the draft, but others, including Campbell and Apke, need a strong showing at the combine to solidify their chances of being drafted. Only one Penn State alumnus was selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, while four others signed as undrafted free agents.

Delbert McClinton Performing at Gruene Hall in April

 

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Delbert McClinton
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The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who worked primarily in the retail sector. In retirement, Reid Hackney resides in San Antonio and enjoys attending shows at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels.

The oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall hosts live musical performances every day. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, rhythm and blues artist Delbert McClinton will perform a set beginning at 9 p.m., with Seth James serving as the opener. A native of Lubbock, Texas, McClinton has worked more than 35 years as a recording artist, songwriter, and harp player. He has produced 19 studio albums, including his latest release, Prick of the Litter, which highlights his soulful energy across a variety of musical styles. Additionally, he is listed as one of the world’s top-20 harp players by the Book of Lists.

McClinton won his first of two Grammy Awards in 1991 for his “Good Man, Good Woman” duet with Bonnie Raitt. He won his second Grammy two years later for his “Tell Me About It” duet with Tanya Tucker.