The last three Mondays I’ve been seeing patients at at our new Vision Source location in Olmos Park. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Olmos Park is a city within the city. It was developed in the 1920s as an exclusive suburb of San Antonio. The community is mostly noted for its large Mediterranean style homes, tree-lined streets, and secluded park-like setting. It’s a beautiful community.
The schedule was light this past Monday (can you call 3 patients light?) so I decided to grab some business cards and go say hello to some of the local businesses. I visited the three other doctors’ offices in our plaza and had a very nice visit with Dr. Sandra Carrell Tremblay at Alamo Heights Chiropractic Health Center. She was gracious enough to spend a few minutes showing me around her office where I was quite impressed with the workout facility and the massage therapist. If you need a quick 10 minute massage on that sore shoulder or the full 60 minute session, they have lots of options to help you feel better. But they offer so much more, so be sure to check out their website and facebook page.
After lunch, I went to the local coffee hot spot called Olmos Perk. Although I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I saw their menu online and noticed they made smoothies, had some nice bakery items and a Happy Hour, just in case that’s ever needed. It was busy there around 2:00 pm with most all seats occupied with people surfing the internet and sipping on their beverages. The Very Berry smoothie hit the spot. I chatted with their manager for a few minutes and left a couple of cards before moving on.
From there I went in to a professional center with mostly dental offices and noticed there was an ocularist in building. An ocularist is a person who specializes in fitting of ocular prostheses for people who have lost an eye or eyes due to trauma or illness. Despite being in practice for over 12 years, I’ve never met someone in this trade so I was eager to visit. Jean Thompson with Thompson Ocular Prosthetics, Inc welcomed me in with open arms. The picture to the left includes just a few samples of what may more commonly be known as glass eyes. She’s the kind of person who’s good to know, although you hope you never have to send one of your patients to her for obvious reasons.
Another place I need to check out is Olmos Bharmacy. That’s not a typo, it’s Bharmacy with a B. This building, built in 1938, was originally a pharmacy. The
style of the exterior was considered quite daring for the area at the time, and today the building is an architectural treasure. The Olmos Pharmacy closed in 2005, but the soda fountain, which has run continuously since the opening of the building in 1938, has remained intact, offering hamburgers and thick shakes during the day. And now, come nightfall, you can sip a glass of Alexander Valley Cabernet or down a Shiner Bock at the new Olmos Bharmacy, which occupies the space originally used for the pharmacy. You have to check out their website to learn more.
There’s definitely more to this San Antonio suburb than what I’ve touched on here. I look forward to visiting more over the coming weeks. I’m going to try to check out the Bharmacy as soon as I can!
- Tight-knit Olmos Park tightens belt on emergency crews (kens5.com)
- Olmos Park does an about-face and sprays for mosquitoes (kens5.com)
- Olmos Park finds alternative to spraying biting mosquitoes (kens5.com)
- Spotlight on city’s ‘roadside treasures’ (mysanantonio.com)