From beneath the marquee of Vickery Village’s Stage West, one looks out upon a landscape much changed since the theatre’s original tenure in the space dating back to 1981 – before I-30 was moved to accommodate growth. When Executive Director Dana Schultes first joined the company as an actress in 1997, it had been six years since imminent domain sent them searching for a new home. However, the winds of fortune changed course and the property became available again; in 2007, many of their long-time patrons provided resources to renovate the property after sixteen years spent vacant. Building on their own craftsmen ethos, Firestone & Robertson Distillery took root four years later, winning awards for their TX Blended Whiskey. With neighbors like Near South Studios and the event space, 809@Vickery, a growing audience awaits further news from the village. The Phoenix Apartments and Magnolia Lofts offer a variety of residential options within the pivotal area between downtown and the remainder of the Near Southside. Known for its warehouses, the Historic village is close to the TRE with connections to Amtrak and recent improvements to the infrastructure have been designed to support balanced accessibility for pedestrians, bikes and public transit.