In addition to a great climate, world-famous friendliness and a rich cultural heritage, San Antonio and its neighboring cities offer another attractive feature, some of the best, most unique shopping opportunities around. Whatever your pleasure—art, home furnishings, custom jewelry, antiques and collectibles, or fancy footwear, the shops, designers and craftsmen who can fulfill those interests abound here. Those in search of one-of-a-kind and specialty items are in luck. The following is a decidedly incomplete list of shopping suggestions, but, it’s a start awaiting your arrival.
Shopping in the metro area is definitely not limited to malls and national chain stores, although such venues are readily available. The customer looking for something out of the ordinary will find shops catering to every discerning taste and unique style, from the most sophisticated urban contemporary to country rustic, from Asian to Mexican to European.
Antique lovers can hunt for treasure at Broadway & 9th Antiques or Back Alley Antiques. For larger items to incorporate in a building project, for instance, check out Architectural Antiques and Salvage (on Dawson.)
Art, Home Furnishings and Interior Décor
Whether it’s traditional or contemporary, art plays an important part in setting the tone. The San Antonio art community has been favorably compared to that of Santa Fe. Finding the perfect piece for your taste is easy with the city’s large number of galleries. For example, Parchman-Stremmel Galleries is in Olmos Park, while Harry Halff Fine Art is on Broadway in San Antonio.
For those seeking distinctive furniture or home décor, try Aziz Oriental Rug Imports. Visit 5 Broads Off Broadway to discover practically limitless creative possibilities for your home’s interior.
Luxury bedding and European linens are available at Lin Marche Fine Linens.
For home or business furniture, a few places include Copenhagen Contemporary Furniture, Stowers or In Home Furniture.
Woman with a strong sense of personal style will find the list of places to shop for apparel delightfully long. There are the established icons such as Julian Gold and Coldwater Creek. Boutiques such as Grove Hill, Ltd. offer the latest fashion and specialty apparel. For western boots, for men and women, you’ll want to stop by Lucchese Boot Company or Cavender Boots. And for Western hats, Paris Hatters is the place.
For the Man
For the man, stores selling casual wear and business attire are situated around the city. Satel’s, Joseph’s, Jos. A. Bank, and Penner’s are just a few.
For jewelry lovers, San Antonio has a number of excellent shops. Take your dreams to Ben Adams Precious Jewels, Moretti’s Fine Jewelry, Dennis Jewelry, and C. Aaron Penaloza Jewelers, among others.
Display to Attract Attention
What I and many others have come to appreciate over time is how clothing, jewelry or even food is displayed or presented, especially in store windows or in actual stores, many times with the help of mannequins or other display type items.