Goodbye Weston Centre!
|December 4, 2009||Posted by Angela under Business & Technology, Why I like San Antonio|
There’s something about the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. Louis always waves to you as you enter the parking garage, Morris and Hilton always greet you with your first name as you walk to the elevator and Bee from the café, Panache, always has a big smile on her face. It’s a warm and familiar place and doesn’t feel like your typical office building. In an upscale law office high rise, Rackers stand out like sore thumbs. In my 7 years of working for Rackspace / ServerBeach, my job has taken me back to the Weston Centre 3 times.
As a Racker, you learn to be a nomad. I started at Rackspace in the Broadway building for 3 months, moved to the Paragon building to work for ServerBeach for 6 months until we moved to join the rest of Rackspace at the Weston Centre. I remember literally rolling my desk chair with all my belongings down Pecan Street to the Weston Centre building. We worked at the Weston Centre until we outgrew the space. Rackspace moved headquarters while ServerBeach stayed at the Weston Centre. I left with Rackspace. After a year, I actually came back to the Weston Centre to work for ServerBeach again. ServerBeach finally outgrew the space and moved headquarters. After working for ServerBeach for 4 years, I returned to Rackspace but this time working for the Cloud Division. And guess where The Rackspace Cloud was living? That’s right, the Weston Centre.
Rackspace is moving headquarters to the refurbished Windsor Park Mall which we have renamed “The Castle.” The Rackspace Cloud’s last day at the Weston Centre is today. This time, I think my move away from the Weston Centre will be permanent. A Racker wrote this really kind email to The Rackspace Cloud staff with his thoughts on the move (I reposted to The Rackspace blog). I actually got teary eyed and that might be because I am an emotional person to begin with but nonetheless, it brought back memories. So what are my special memories from the Weston Centre?
1- This is the place where I met Jason, my husband. Sounds so cheesy but I do remember the first time meeting him.
2- I attended my first Rackspace holiday party at the Weston Centre. These were the days we’d always end up at Daven Port’s.
3- The days when you didn’t know what to eat and ended up at Lula’s
4- The fabulous Fiesta party the Weston Centre puts together for the River Parade
5- Panache bean and cheese tacos are the best!
6- Most recently, my long but fun walks to Starbucks with my marketing team
7- Morris & Hilton– The friendliest guys I have ever met. They are always laughing about something.
8- Rubbing shoulders with lawyers and feeling so under dressed.
9- Even though I never went to Bill Miller’s I feel like did go because every day at least 1 person picked up Bill Miller’s.
10- I can’t forget every weekend going out on the town and parking at the Weston Centre!
The Weston Centre is definitely a special place in San Antonio and will be missed!