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Shooting the Breeze with Stephen Sachnik

It took some research, but Stephen Sachnik, owner of The Quilted Skein in La Grange allows me to celebrate my love of quilts and come to grips with my fabric-hoarding problem that exists although I don't sew. Secret confession: As a high…

Bladesmith Cowboy Szymanski Forged His Own Life

As owner and bladesmith at Phenix Knives in Bellville, Cowboy Szymanski has forged his own life. “Life is how you live it—and as extreme as you want it to be,” said Cowboy, who is the sole proprietor in a blacksmith shop that has been…

Shooting the Breeze with Derrill Osborn

Lorie and I caught up with Derrill Osborn, former globe-trotting fashion exec for Neiman Marcus, and Benny Hinkle III, owner of Dallas-based Benny Jack’s Antiques, on the first day of Big Red Barn's show in the spring. We pulled up red…

Wiley Boenhke: Winemaker

Wiley Boehnke's winemaking skills aren’t a generational legacy passed from Boehnke to Boehnke. In fact, neither Wiley nor his wife Angeline, who make their home in Flatonia, drink wine. Wiley knows how to make wine because he likes to “know…

Wassail! Greetings from Rohan Meadery

Wassail, an old English toast to good health and good times, reflects the character of Rohan Meadery. “Our business is built on a hobby that got out of hand,” John Rohan, owner, said laughing. “We wanted to share our passion with other…

Rohan Meadery: A Honey of a Winery

John and Wendy Rohan are busy as bees operating Blissful Folly Farm, home to their honey-based winery Rohan Meadery—and their family. “We both have full-time jobs that we enjoy, but Blissful Folly Farm is our full-time passion,” said…