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  By Alissa Reinhard
T here’s something for everyone at the Historic Pearl. You can enjoy the Farmers and Makers Market, shop for artisan goods, fresh produce, and more; grab an early evening dinner at one of Pearl’s over two dozen restaurants and bars; or spend a hot summer’s day with the little ones, splashing in Gustav’s Geysers. However, the Pearl wasn’t always the
community gathering space it is today. Twenty years ago, the Pearl was largely abandoned. Now, it’s a bustling neighborhood and one of San Antonio’s hottest tourist destinations with a rich history dating back over a century. Despite the new construction and renovations, architects and historians have worked hard to preserve and restore the buildings and artifacts found at the Pearl, making it a
destination unlike any other.
The original brewery was founded in
1883, and in 1887, the brewery found the product that would become their signature brew, Pearl beer. Its name came from the brewmaster, who thought the foamy bubbles in a freshly poured glass of the brew resembled sparkling pearls. Then, in 1894, a new brewhouse was constructed, and the building became a symbolic feature of San Antonio industry. Today, the brewhouse is home to Hotel Emma.
~ The Historic Pearl
  By 1916, beer production was booming and the brewery, named San Antonio Brewing Association, was growing rapidly. Then, just four years later, Prohibition began, changing the face of brewing. The brewery was able to remain viable by producing a “near beer,” bottling soft drinks, and exploring other business ventures. After Prohibition, the brewery began selling beer again, but by 1933, the nation was deep in the grips of the Great Depression. The brewery stayed afloat continuing many of the business ventures that had sustained it during Prohibition.
In 1952, San Antonio Brewing Association changed its name to Pearl Brewing Company. Pearl continued to operate independently until 1971, when it was sold to Paul Kalmanovitz, owner of General Brewing of San Francisco. In 1985, Kalmanovitz also acquired Pabst breweries and united his holdings under the name Pabst Brewing Company. In 2001, Pabst closed all their breweries, and after 118 years of brewing along the San Antonio River, the doors to Pearl Brewer closed.
However, as you well know, Pearl’s story doesn’t end there. In 2001, Silver Ventures purchased the brewery site with big plans to create a mixed-used development that would include restaurants, shops, and
eventually, a hotel. And thus, the Pearl we know and love today, was born. Today, Pearl is home to The Culinary Institute of America, Hotel Emma, dozens of restaurants and shops, a weekly farmers and makers market, and a beautiful 1.33-mile extension of the River Walk featuring public art, native plants, pedestrian bridges, amphitheater seating, and more.
And coming soon – the addition of more green space. The Full Goods parking
lot will soon be transformed into green space as the center of Pearl is expected to become vehicle-free, according to a Pearl spokesperson. The park is set to open by December, new restaurants are also in the works, and a new complex called the Oxbow will bring 900 new parking spots in 2021.
To learn more about Pearl, including its history, visit atpearl.com.
   WProtect Pets In Hot Weather
arm weather brings many changes. Warm weather can make travel more enjoyable
and affords people more time to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors.
It’s best to keep safety in mind when soaking up the sun. That’s important for all members of the family, including pets. Cats and dogs are as susceptible to heat-related illnesses as their human companions. Recognize heat stroke
Pets can suffer from heat stroke, according to the American Red Cross. Certain breeds of dogs are highly susceptible, particularly those with short snouts, such as pugs and bulldogs. Excessive exercise in hot weather, lack of appropriate shelter outdoors and leaving a dog in a hot car may precipitate an episode of heat stroke. It’s important to get the pet out of direct heat right away and check for signs of shock, which include seizures, a body temperature of 104 F or higher, stupor, increased heart rate, or excessive panting. Placing water-soaked towels on the pet’s feet, head, neck, and abdomen can bring down its temperature.
Be cautious of hot surfaces
Humans wear shoes on their feet for protection, but pets do not have that luxury. Think about how hot your feet can feel
when you scurry barefoot across hot sand en route to the shoreline or to cross a deck to get to the pool. When the sun beats down on surfaces, those surface temperatures rise quickly. According to a 2010 study by Liberty Home and Pet Services, at peak afternoon sun and an ambient temperature of 95 F in southern Florida, the temperature
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