Give your furs back to the animals!

Starting Saturday, November 13 through Earth Day on Friday, April 22, bring your real fur apparel, including trims, accessories and shearling, to any Buffalo Exchange and let them know it’s a donation for Coats for Cubs. Since you’re donating to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), condition is unimportant.

The used furs provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 5,256 used furs on behalf of Coats for Cubs.

Where Do the Furs Go?

All of the furs received by The HSUS are sent to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. More than 200 rehabilitators from across the United States andCanada now participate in the program.

How Do the Furs Help Wildlife?

The furs are cut into an appropriate size for the animal, whether it be a bobcat, fox, raccoon, squirrel, or rabbit, and placed inside the animal’s enclosure. The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort.

One rehabilitator related a story about a restless orphaned river otter who chirped constantly. Once she was given a fur blanket, she settled right down. Turning the sleeve of a fur coat inside out, a rehabilitator can also create a warm nest for a burrowing animal such as an opossum. Some animals adopt a piece of fur as a playmate, jumping on it and wrestling with it.

The HSUS and Buffalo Exchange, an official endorser, ask you to voice support for the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009 (H.R. 2480/S.1076). If passed, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act closes a loophole in federal law that allows some animal fur garments to go unlabeled if the value of the fur is less than $150.

Participating Buffalo Exchange stores in Texas:

2904 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 480-9922

3424 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-7544

1618 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-8701

145 W. Olmos Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 832-8838

To claim a tax deduction via mail, please mail your fur directly to:
The Humane Society of the United States
Attn: Coats for Cubs
2100 L St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation last week announced the opening of Villa Finale, the newest of 29 National Trust Historic Sites. Once home to one of Texas’ pioneering preservationists, Walter Nold Mathis, Villa Finale is the first and only National Trust Historic Site in Texas. The National Trust has spent the last five years meticulously preparing the Italianate mansion and renowned decorative arts collection, opened to the general public for the first time on October 2, 2010.

“Our first historic site in Texas, Villa Finale, is much more than a house and museum,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “It is a center for community preservation where visitors and San Antonio residents can come to discover the rich history of the surrounding historic district and to learn how preservation applies to their lives and communities.”

The House
Construction began on the Italianate mansion now known as Villa Finale in 1876. It was a part of the then-thriving King William neighborhood, originally settled mostly by German immigrant families, many of whom became prosperous as merchants and bankers. By 1967, when Walter Nold Mathis bought the home, it was a rooming house and, like the neighborhood surrounding it, had settled into a decline. Mathis spent eighteen months restoring the home, and after the exhaustive work was done, he dubbed the house Villa Finale – his last home. In 2004, Mathis gave the 1876 home and his extensive collections to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so the home could become the first National Trust Historic Site in Texas.

The Man
Walter Nold Mathis was a leading preservationist and businessman in San Antonio, Texas. An advocate for city and statewide historic preservation, Mathis was also a civic and cultural leader and a member of one of San Antonio’s original founding families with roots reaching back to the Canary Island settlers of 1731. Although Villa Finale was Mathis’ last personal residence, it wasn’t the last house he owned; he purchased another fourteen houses in King William and invested his own time and money to undertake essential preservation work on them before selling them to individuals who would continue their restoration. Mathis is widely recognized as the catalyst for the revitalization of the King William National Historic District.

The Collection
Villa Finale is overflowing with Mathis’ 12,500 piece collection which includes distinctive examples of European furniture, ceramics, silver, and fine art. Mathis particularly enjoyed collecting memorabilia surrounding the life and death of Napoleon Bonaparte. The collection also includes a number of prominent Texas artists such as Mary Bonner, and Julian and Robert Onderdonk. Additionally, there is a wide range of Texas decorative arts, such as Bell silver, Texas furniture, and Texian campaign ceramics.

Special Programming
The National Trust intends to continue Mathis’ neighborhood preservation leadership by using Villa Finale as a place where visitors and residents of San Antonio’s many historic districts can learn to care for their homes and neighborhoods through hands-on training and educational workshops. The Villa Finale Visitor Center features special exhibitions, an outstanding museum shop and bookstore, along with important displays related to Villa Finale. A neighborhood cell phone tour, created by Villa Finale, features many of the properties once owned by Mathis and may be accessed by anyone with phone service.

For more information, please visit Villa Finale online.

Villa Finale

The Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will be visiting San Antonio, Texas, on September 17. Dog owners can take advantage of free heart health examinations for their furry friends at McAllister Dog Park. Heart exams will be conducted by certified vet cardiologists between 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dr. Katie Meier, a veterinarian with the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour, says the importance of diagnosing doggy heart disease as early as possible is important, “Early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease can significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog’s life. By emphasizing the importance of annual veterinary examinations and early diagnosis of heart disease, we hope to help more dogs live longer and better lives.”

For doggies in Austin, the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will hit up the 8th annual Barktoberfest festival and 3K Pledge Walk for Homeless Pets, hosted by The Central Texas SPCA on Sptember 18th at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park. Heart exams will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Barktoberfest will also feature music, food, costume contests and more, all benefiting the Central Texas SPCA’s adoption program.

HomeAway announced this morning the the launch of its free HomeAway Vacation Rental Search iPhone application. The app, developed by Mobiata, creators of  FlightTrack and TripDeck, makes it easier than ever for travelers, especially families, to search, filter and share the more than 230,000 global vacation rental properties available on HomeAway.com.

So, say you want to rent a charming, artsy getaway house in Marfa…HomeAway has you covered. High desert not your thing? Check out this beachy rental on the Gulf Coast.

The app incorporates many of the same convenient features found on HomeAway.com including filter by number of bedrooms and price, but also enables users to search as specifically as “Lake Travis, pet-friendly, outdoor grill, with pool,” for example.

Additional highlights of the HomeAway application include the ability to:

  • Make it easy to share vacation rental options with groups of friends and family via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter
  • Rotate the iPhone to landscape view for travelers to see detailed property photos in gallery form
  • View the physical location of vacation rentals via Google Maps and search by proximity to landmarks and geography

The HomeAway Vacation Rental Search app is free to use, and iPhone users can download the application from the iPhone App Store, or at www.homeaway.com/info/travelers/iPhoneApp.

There are always great activities and events in the Texas Hill Country, especially in the late summer. The following events are a sure bet whether you’re a Texan looking to plan a weekend road trip, want to take out-of-towners out for a truly Texas experience, or if you’re simply visiting our lovely, diverse state…

Celebrate Bandera – During Labor Day weekend, the Bandera Community Foundation hosts a range of events throughout three days that celebrate the Cowboy Capital of the World! Thousands attend these events, which include a Wild West show, parade, arts and crafts fair, bull riding, and much more.

Medina Lake Cajun FestivalOn Saturday, September 25th, the Medina Lake Cajun Festival will be held at the Lakehills Civic Center. This event is unique, as it brings the food and culture of Louisiana into the heart of Texas.  The main event is a Great Gumbo Cook-off, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. All proceeds go to the Medina Lake Betterment Association, Inc.

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The River Walk Lucky Duck Race & FestivalJoin the Paseo del Rio Association for a family-friendly day of food, music and fun! Watch as 10,000 rubber ducks race through the San Antonio River Walk. A few lucky ducks will win grand prizes! Proceeds from Duck Sales benefit the Paseo del Rio Association and Haven For Hope, a new homeless campus in Downtown San Antonio. Adopt a duck for a chance to win great prizes and your donation will help provide homeless individuals and families with the training, skills and assistance needed to help them become self-sufficient.

Dos Equis Pachanga del Rio On September 8th and 9th also along the San Antonio River Walk, visitors can sample cuisine from 20 participating restaurants from 5-8:30 p.m. Afterwards, guests are welcome to the Post Party at the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. There, you can listen to live music and enter to win free prizes. For ticket and event information, call 210-227-4262.

FotoseptiembreIf you enjoy photography, make sure to attend this free, month-long festival in September. From traditional to eccentric photography, one can find a diverse range of styles that appeal to all interests. For more information, call 210 737 8255.

Riverwalk Lucky Duck Race from Anne Gerber on Vimeo.

Buffalo Exchange will bring their original concept of buy-sell-trade clothing to Olmos Park with the opening of its first San Antonio location on July 5, 2010.

The 2,400 square-foot space was secured by Buffalo Exchange on May 1, 2010. The shop is near other independent clothing stores, local restaurants and Trinity University. A vintage design theme accentuates the mid-century architecture, which features a flagstone storefront and a circular window. There are seven roomy, well-lit dressing rooms and two buy counters, where customers can sell their clothes, shoes, hats purses and more for cash or trade. The store will open with inventory from New York City, Costa Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Austin and Dallas.

Buffalo Exchange has four other Texas stores, with two in Houston and one each in Austin and Dallas. The Westheimer Buffalo Exchange in Houston has been featured nationally the TODAY Show, “Turn closet castoffs into cash” (Jan 26, 2010). Readers voted Buffalo Exchange Best Vintage Clothing in the Best of 2009 by both Houston Press and the Dallas Observer. Buffalo Exchange was voted Best Clothing in Austin Chronicle’s 2009 Best of Austin and UTmost Place to Purchase Jeans in UT Austin’s Daily Texan 2009 Readers Choice.

Buffalo Exchange
145 W. Olmos Drive (at Main Avenue)
San Antonio, TX 78212

Knowing I’m a sucker for good Lo-Fi, and being the clever, Johnny-on-the-Spot that he is, the wondrous Cory Graves of Subservient Experiment sent me a message the other day hipping me to a great little sampler  - entirely of Texas-based of Lo-Fi / Punk – he’s assembled and now we’re going to gift it to you in case you missed it!

“This is our first attempt at putting together a mixcast-style thing, but we hope to be able to do more of these in the very near future. The idea came when we noticed all the best lo-fi, punk, and lo-fi punk songs that came up on the iPod shuffle-mode were by Texas artists. Just makes sense to make a quick sampler-type mix that can be passed around to show of our proud state’s great talent. Stream and/or download the mix below. And feel free to send it to your out-of-state buddies while you drink a victory beer –preferably a Lone Star, come on, it would only be fitting.”

Look for the mix to feature the likes of Denton’s Teenage Cool Kids, San Antonio’s Lisa Frank (unicorn stickers anyone?) and Austin’s Harlem to name a few. Of course we’re already partial to Dallas’ Happy Bullets, but now we’re really gobsmacked by the previously unknown to us Shapes Have Fangs.

Download the whole shebang here: SubEx’s ‘Come And Take It’ Mix

‘Tis the season to get the car out and go for a drive, ’tis also the season for automotive shows and events to start popping up all around DFW and the other areas around Texas.

Usually the folks who put these together know they have a narrow window between threatening thunderstorms and peel the skin off you heat.

The first weekend in June has a bumper crop of events for those with a little grease under their nails and buy car wax by the case lot.

Just a small sampling of upcoming events:

June 5
Pate Museum Collection Auction – Cresson

June 6
Cars in the Park: on the green lawns of The Cooper Clinic 12200 Preston Road, Dallas Some of the best collection of exotic and classic cars in the Dallas area coming together to benefit Scottish Rite Hospital. Expect to see Dozens of rare and unique Ferrari’s, and other Italian, Porsche’s, Jaguar’s and vintage cars.

Spectator admission: Free

To Display a car: $25 day of the event $20 pre registration (display is almost full)

June 5-6
24 Hours of Lemons: North Texas Hooptie Eagles Canyon Raceway

You may ask what is racing Well the best way to discribe this is from their own rule book:

From the site:
“Entry limited to mass-produced, four-wheeled vehicles legal for US highway use at the time of their manufacture. Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $500 as described in Section 4. Vehicles must meet all safety standards laid out in Section 3. The vehicle’s original, manufacturer-stated curb weight may not exceed 4200 pounds. Individual waivers  may be granted; just don’t ask about Peterbilts, zambonis, sidecars, or golf carts again. We already said no.”

There now go out and watch, entry for spectators is $20 day 30 for the weekend and onsite camping $50. Rarely do you have the chance to watch an event like this so GO!

Every Month
Cars and Coffee – Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, every month

San Antonio Cars and Coffee
Time: Starts @ 8:30 a.m.
When: Third Saturday of every month
Where: Panera Bread Company
1203 N Loop 1604 W. Suite 121
San Antonio, Tx

Dallas Cars and Coffee
Time: Starts @ 8:00 a.m.
When: Fourth Saturday of every month
Where: Classic BMW
6800 Dallas Parkway
Plano, Tx

Houston Coffee and Cars
Time: Starts @ 8:30 a.m.
When: First Saturday of every month
Where: Uptown Park Shopping Center
1151 Uptown Park
Houston, Tx

June 3-5
Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar Racing
Texas Motor Speedway

This is the first IZOD Indy car race AFTER the Indy 500 and is one of the only Night Races on the circuit.

The Race weekend includes local Legend racing, Windstar Casino Truck Race (Friday), IZOD Indy Car race and Robbie Knievel’sjump prior to the headline Indy race (Saturday).

June 6
Motorsport Ranch
(Cresson) – Car Track Day Apex Driving Academy

June 6
Texas Motorplex (Ennis) – O’Reilly Auto Parts Bracket Drag Racing

June 8
Motorsport Ranch (Cresson) – Motorcycle Track Day by Advanced Motorsport Ducati

AMS DUCATI ITALIAN Track Day.  Novice, Intermediate and Experts. Instructor ratio will be 10 to one riding instruction.

This is only a small sample of a couple of events on one weekend of the summer. If you have any  other Automotive Events please Email them to AnyDrivenSunday@Gmail.com

Starting April 12th and running through the 18th, a Dove Brand sponsored Spa Week will be taking over thousands of spas across America, Texas included. A wide variety of services from over 100 participating spas in Texas will be offered for a mere $50 – from facials and massage to chemical peels and pedicures – giving you a great way to save some scrilla while relaxing your way out of those old winter blues.

For a full list of participating spas, take a look below! You can also visit the Spa Week website and sort by treatment type, region and/or zip code


Avant Salon & Spa
Facelogic Spa – Austin
Spa at the Lake
The Woodhouse Day Spa
Viva Day Spa – Midtown
Viva Day Spa – South Central

Dallas / Ft. Worth

A Better Body – The Spa at II Creeks
Aqua Medical Spa
Aqua Medical Spa
Body Retreat Day Spa
Consulting Dermatologic Specialists
EpiCentre – Park Lane
Exhale Dallas
Facelogic – Highland Park
Halcyon Days Salon and Spa – Neiman Marcus NorthPark
Hiatus Spa + Retreat
LifeSpa Colleyville
LifeSpa Flower Mound
Mari’s Skin Care Salon
Pam Hunter Aesthetics
Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga
Red Door Spa – Dallas
Red Door Spa – Plano
Rejuve Med-Spa
Riviera Spa
Salon Pompeo
Sanford Spa & Salon
Spa Esoteric
The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Spa at The Crescent at Rosewood Crescent Hotel
The Spa at Willow Bend
The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa
The Woodhouse Day Spa – Plano
U. Boutique & Med Spa
V Spa
ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa
Zeal Med Spa & Salon


Ageless Innovations Skin Care
Bella Rinova Spa and Salon – Uptown Park
Bliss Nail Spa
Champas Creations
Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa
Herbana Natural Concepts Day Spa
Hotel ICON – Balance Urban Spa
LIfeSpa Houston
Radiance Medspa
Shea Essence Day Spa
Skintopia by Alex
Skyline Spa and Health Club at the Hilton-Americas Houston
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Houston
The Spa St. Regis
Venetian Laser & Skin Care Center
ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa

San Antonio

Massage Heights – Alamo Heights
Massage Heights – Bandera
Massage Heights – Green Valley
Massage Heights – Medical Center
Massage Heights – Potranco Village
Massage Heights – Stone Oak
Massage Heights – Thousand Oaks
NEVA face and body
Patricia’s Day Spa
The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Woodhouse Day Spa
Yardley’s Salon and Spa

On April 24th you can help to save wildlife from discarded trash while shopping for hip used clothing at a bargain. In celebration of Earth Day, all proceeds from Buffalo Exchange’s Dollar Day Sale benefit The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal protection organization. All sale items offered for one dollar each at your local Buffalo Exchange on April 24 will go to the Don’t Trash Wildlife campaign of The HSUS, and three HSUS wildlife centers that rescue and rehabilitate wild animals. Earth Day benefits at Buffalo Exchange stores have raised over $274,000 for environmental causes since 1997.

Thousands of wild animals are injured or killed every year because of carelessly discarded litter. Food containers become death traps when animals get their heads stuck inside, reaching for tasty residues at the bottom. Plastic floating on the water’s surface looks like food to sea turtles and other marine creatures. Shore birds and other animals become ensnared by fishing line and plastic six-pack rings. By safely disposing of containers, wrappings, and other trash, you can help prevent these tragedies. Three of the wildlife care centers operated by The HSUS often treat wild animals with life-threatening injuries caused by discarded trash.

P.S. From now through Earth Day, Buffalo Exchange stores are also accepting unwanted fur garments which will be given to wildlife rehabilitators to through our Coats for Cubs program. The furs are used as bedding for injured and orphaned wildlife.

For more information on both programs, visit the Humane Society.