The Fair is pleased to welcome new staff member Alicia Spence-Schlesinger to the team!  Alicia joined us in December as a Fair Coordinator and has jumped right in with the requisite Fiesta spirit by focusing her creative and organizational skills on redesigning our website, updating our social media and marketing plans, coordinating our corporate volunteer program, and assisting with our Art & Craft vendors, among many other tasks.  Alicia has also taken on the distinguished responsibility of Chief Parade Wrangler after learning the ropes by working closely on the 2017 Parade with Sue Duffy, our dearly departed Chief Parade Wrangler.

Alicia considers herself to be a native San Antonian as she was born in New Braunfels, raised in Schertz, graduated with a degree in Print Graphics from San Antonio College, and has been living and working in the downtown area since she was 21.  She first heard about the King William Fair from her coworkers at Herweck’s on Broadway.  She was thrilled to learn about this “artsy” Fiesta event, and her coworkers’ excitement for the Fair left a lasting impression on her. 

You might recognize Alicia from one of her many other roles in our community over the last two decades.  She has been busy blazing her trail to the Fair by working and volunteering at a variety of familiar businesses and organ-izations: she worked as a production designer for the San Antonio Current; was involved with the Southtown Arts District; volunteered for the annual Art in the Hood event; exhibited her artwork at local galleries; worked for Joey and Maggie Villarreal as the marketing/graphic designer for Joey’s Inc., which included Blue Star Brewing Co., Blue Star Bicycle Shop, Joe Blue’s, Blue Star Kiosk in Main Plaza, and coordinated their entry in our Parade; and most recently worked as the package designer for Freetail Brewing Co., where she created their beer can designs and additional marketing materials.  Check out her work at alicia-spence.com. 

Alicia and her husband Marty are also embarking on an exciting new entrepreneurial adventure at the old Citgo station at 1203 S. Alamo.  They are opening the fourth location of Small Planet eBikes (smallplanetebikes.com), an electric bicycle shop that also provides full service repairs for all types of bicycles, traditional “acoustic” bicycle sales, and will eventually offer food and drink.  Their ultimate goal is to create a third spot for the bicycling community and provide services that will help foster a healthier and earth-conscious community.  We look forward to seeing their neighborhood business grow!

Please give Alicia a big welcome next time you see her at our office, her bike shop, or the myriad other spots around the neighborhood where you are likely to run into her.

- Syeira Budd, Fair Manager