Artist in Residence Vol. I

Gary Sweeney is the merry prankster of SA’s visual-arts scene, turning out provocative double
entendres along the lines of his airport installation “South Texas Souvenirs” (Fiesta. Siesta. Repeat.) and the politically themed work that he showed at Southwest School of Art & Craft in 2007. When he’s not making art or contemplating the universe from the bottom of his swimming pool (scuba gear!), he manhandles your bags at the aiport.

Gary Sweeney’s Castle Hills



Johnnie Chuoke’s Home & Hardware
2361 NW Military Hwy
(210) 341-1573
Gary Sweeney hipped us to artist Roert Wurzbach’s fabulous houseware displays at Johnnie Chuoke’s Home & Hardware. Obelisks ornamented with pricey body care vie for attention with a nightmarish topiary “Bunny Man,” and, most surprising of all, Robert’s lovely, luxe, and colorful beaded paintings and fiber art, which are strictly NFS. Robert and his sister Emily’s homemade seasonal wreaths are for sale, though, and apparently fly off the shelves.

Bee’s Restaurant
808 Lockhill Selma
(210) 342-4120
Try the tortilla soup

1001 NW Loop 410
(210) 344-4119
Full bar and many vegetarian options

Kobe Japanese Steak House
1007 NW Loop 410
(210) 524-9333
Admire your table chef’s teppanyaki skillz

1810 NW Military Hwy.
(210) 340-7808
Sushi in a sophisticated, nigh romantic, setting

Demo’s Greek Food
7115 Blanco
(210) 342-2772
A Castle Hills outpost of the SA staple. Belly dancing Monday nights

Zorbas Mediterranean Grill
2110 NW Military Hwy.
(210) 541-9936
Try the super-fresh hummus and falafel

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine
6407 Blanco
(210) 979-9110
Recommended: the pad prik king-prok

Ilsong Garden
6905 Blanco
(210) 366-4508
Don’t skip the spicy stir-fried octopus, but the traditional pan chan is the real draw

6989 Blanco
(210) 979-6565
A culinary star from the moment it opened its doors for its fresh, Neapolitan-style pizza

Lucky Burger
2114 NW Military Hwy.
(210) 341-8866
Get Double Lucky with cheese and a milkshake

Kupz Coffee Shop
2009 NW Military Hwy.
(210) 308-5879
Starbucks isn’t your only option in Loopland, at least until 2:30-ish

Gallery Nord
2009 NW Military Hwy.
(210) 348-0088
Contemporary art, plus occasional peformances. Group show up thru Apr 7

Finck’s Cigar Factory outlet
6100 West Ave.
(210) 341-0888
From Travis Club to Romeo y Julieta, 1,200sf of oral fixation

Bike City
7115 Blanco
(210) 308-0812
Get your Pivot Mach 4 & 5 here, plus roadies and BMX

Stamp Antonio Arts
2211 NW Military
(210) 342-6217
Art rubber stamps, bookbinding and scrapbooking supplies, journals, fancy paper, etc.

Cathedral Church Supplies
6417 Blanco
(210) 342-6043
It doesn’t just fall from heaven, you know

Monarch Collectibles
2012 NW Military Hwy.
(210) 341-3655
Miniatures, Alexander Doll Co. dolls, Tea Room adoption parties for the young ladies, and limited-edition plates

Capoeira Brazilian Martial Art
8005 West Ave.
(210) 535-4577
The stage show of martial arts, developed by crafty South American slaves

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