The doyennes of fine arts and crafts behind Mockingbird Handprints initially launched this holiday market full of local artisans before their brick-and-mortar store was established. Open for two-days only, the market's second incarnation assembles 13 artists in the breezeway space between the shop (#108) and Baracas Restaurant (in Building B at Blue Star). Expect to find giftable, handmade items by Lorena Angulo (jeweler), Jane Bishop (textile designer), Paula Cox (printmaker/papermaker), Jennifer Datchuk and Ryan Takaba (ceramic artist), Fat Cat Studio (jewelry), Charles Haile (ceramic artist), Diana Kersey (potter), Jennifer Khoshbin (paper artist), Laura Quinones (jeweler), Rainey (painter), Kathleen Trenchard (papel picado artist), Clare Watters (textile artist) and Kelly ZumBerge (silk painter).
Artisans from 14 countries will bring their remarkable work to Pearl in December for this non-profit project. Food, activities, and crafts will be available.
The International Artisans Alliance is joining with local businesses, organizations, and supporters to bring the International Artisan Fair to Pearl. Artisans from 14 countries will bring their remarkable work to Pearl in December for this non-profit project.
Come stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart's content. The Wimberley Lions Market is the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state of Texas. Held the first Saturday of the month from March through December, the market features over 475 booths of everything you can't live without.
The Wonderland Bazaar, to be held the first Saturday of every month at Wonderland of the Americas. Wonderland Bazaar is an artisanal shopping experience that hosts to several artists and entertainers who will share their imaginative and unique goods. There is no charge for entry. Vendor spaces are now available, and are free to non-profit organizations.
What do baby portabella mushrooms, Vegan crepes, and lavender flavored chapstick have in common? The weekly Farmers Market at the Pearl Brewery. Occurring every Saturday, the farmers market only allows vendors within a 150-mile radius as it strives to supply local consumers with fresh and seasonal produce that has been planted, raised, and harvested in Texas.
Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free admission. Call (830) 832-1721 or visit GrueneMarketDays.com for information.
Just like an outing to Target, really. The young women staffing the cashier's station are friendly and unbothered, for all the world like they're working at Old Navy. Huge and well-organized porn selection, plenty of plastic wee-wees and vajay-jays. Open 24/7!
If you’re throwing a party (regardless of theme) Alamo Fiesta is must-see destination. Garlands, papel picado, piñatas, and hand-painted tin ornaments can be purchased at prices that might make you go overboard. Talavera housewares, serapes, masks, and Mexican dresses (made in Mexico especially for the store) make Alamo Fiesta a cheerful one-stop-shopping destination for out-of-town guests. Even the adjacent higher-end folk art gallery boasts hard-to-believe price tags. Don’t miss the back patio with its cheerful array of imported metal lawn ornaments (the roosters are very popular), and candy-colored ceramic snakes that climb the wall.
Maybe the most ghetto of the local sex emporia, which might be right up your proverbial alley, depending on what you're into.
The Goodwill at 410 near Blanco has the most amazing footwear for women. From 5-inch heels to Birks, the quality of the donated items are especially good, which is rare for any thrift store. As with all thrift stores, keep in mind that some days are better than others, so if you strike out once, don't blame me, OK? Goodwill awesome shoe karma will happen for you eventually.
Agosto Cuellar’s Jive Refried is Southtown’s go-to emporium for all things vintage. The store gets packed on First Fridays, when bizarre (even scary) tchotchkes perched atop shelves make sure no one slips out without paying for their costumes for the evening. Prices can seem high at times, but Cuellar’s buying eye (much of the merchandise comes from places with better style track records than Texas) produces top-quality pieces that you won’t find in thrift stores. Costume jewelry, hats, well-preserved Western shirts with pearly snaps, and handbags galore make Jive Refried an ideal destination for gifts, while Cuellar’s whimsical, original designs are conversation-starters to say the least
Love Shack Boutique is a upscale retail experience for all things nice and naughty, catering to couples and individuals seeking quality products and affordable fun! The classy ambiance that greets our guests is enhanced by the excellent customer service provided by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Come in today and experience the difference.
A favorite of downtown scenesters, Redemption Garb Vintage lures in shoppers with decently priced treasures as old as the ’40s. Not surprisingly, a high concentration of the merchandise is from the ’80s, but a good scouring of the racks can produce sweaters, dresses, and (to a lesser extent) menswear from the polyester-clad 60s. Our secret shopper fell in love with a black shift dress fit for Wednesday Addams, and a pair of Caddyshack-era golfing pants that could easily help a hipster win the Most Ironically Dressed award. Owner Shelby Guevara has been known to tailor clothes to give them a modern fit, and even stocks locally produced silkscreened T-shirts for vintage-phobic shoppers.
San Angel Folk Art has been exhibiting and selling outsider and folk art since 1989. Aside from the higher- priced work that rotates along with the store’s exhibition schedule, owner Hank Lee stocks only-in-Texas gift items like sets of glasses made from recycled Topo Chico bottles and impeccably revamped versions of Western shirts and guayaberas made especially for the store. Dia de Los Muertos-themed items can be found year-round, and Lee is almost always around to explain exactly what it is you’re looking at and where on earth it came from. Even if you left your wallet at home, it’s worth stopping by to peek at the new arrivals and say hi to the pair of lovebirds that live in the store.
Family-owned, user friendly, and staffed (in part) by the frisky Rosemary Benitez, the "Mary Poppins of the Sex Industry", this shop offers lingerie, vibes, condoms, books, y mas, and feels very women-friendly and not at all creepy. They also do bachelorette parties, classes, and seminars.
Possibly SA’s most curated selection of gifts, housewares, and jewelry, sloan/hall is the perfect place to pick up a specialized gift for the friend who already has one of everything. It’s not for everyone ? jewelry can range anywhere from $90 to $4,000, and hard-to-find books can cost upwards of $1,000 ? but if you know someone who’s worth the splurge (including yourself), sloan/hall’s got you covered, and you’ll definitely inspire a chorus of “Where did you get that?”
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Penned in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King formed the fantastical springboard for the Tchaikovsky-scored two-act ballet The Nutcracker. Premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the holiday mainstay has inspired an eclectic array of adaptations—from B. Bumble and the Stingers’ boogie-woogie hit “Nut Rocker” to the burlesque satire The Slutcracker. Choreographed by Gabriel Zertuche and conducted by Akiko Fujimoto, this local production unites Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony for dancing around the Christmas tree, a war between gingerbread soldiers and menacing mice, and an enchanting voyage in a dolphin-powered boat to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets.
Inspired by a 1930s-era tradition, the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Toy Day provides free admission for kids 12 and under who bring a new, unwrapped toy for the San Antonio Fire Department toy drive. As added incentive, the Fire Department will be on hand with an ambulance, antique fire truck and modern fire truck for discovery and exploration. Inside the ITC, visitors can enjoy holiday crafts from around the world, photo ops with Santa Claus and a traditional Mexican “Pastorela” performed by Los Belen Pastores.
Self-taught paleontologist and TV personality “Dinosaur George” Blasing visits Hardberger Park’s Urban Ecology Center to speak to guests of all ages about the dinosaurs of Texas.
An intriguing concept designed to “encourage the community to buy artwork during the holiday season,” Beacon Hill’s new French & Michigan Gallery’s exhibition “50 / 250” comprises 250 works by 50 artists currently or previously based in San Antonio, Austin or Houston. Although representing a wide variety of disciplines (including architecture, painting, ceramics, woodworking and printmaking) the selected artists were limited to submitting five works, all on 8-inch-by-8-inch paper—a connective thread allowing the assembled pieces to come together in a large grid on one wall. According to gallery director Billy Lambert, this limitation of medium and size inspired certain artists to “explore something new” or “reevaluate and refocus their techniques.” In keeping with the show’s shopping initiative, all works are priced at $250 and can be taken “immediately upon purchase.” Uniting a number of accomplished locals, the list of contributing artists includes the likes of Andy Benavides, Anne Wallace, Judith Cottrell, Louis Vega Treviño, Sarah Sudhoff and Scott Martin, whose night photograph Women Men is shown here.
Hosted by Katie Red and Pelvis Costello, the Pastie Pops’ 3rd Annual Christmas Burrr-lesque Show stars all your favorite Pops along with special guests Black Orchid and Foxxy Blue Orchid (of Stars and Garters) and Goldie Candela (of Austin’s Jigglewatts) shaking their jingle bells to holiday classics. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win “awesome prizes.”
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