Not too far from Alamo Heights and the Olmos Basin lies Belles & Beaux Children's Boutique. This adorable shop is owned and operated by San Antonio native, Ann Shaw. Her boutique specializes in baby gift registries but also stocks a delightful inventory of the trendiest baby and children's clothing, shoes and accessories. Not only will you find clothing and jewelry for babies and children up to age 7, but you'll also be able to pick out furniture and décor for your newborn's nursery. Belles & Beaux truly carries a selection of everything you need including Baptismal garments, gifts and silver pieces. The store offers monogramming services in addition to a selection of seasonal items during the holidays. Truly a –'must see!–' if you are looking for newborn items or want access to quality, appealing clothing for children.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Belles and Beaux make it easy to find that something special that shows you care.
Kimberly's expert tip: Belles & Beaux also occasionally hosts fun events for children. You can find details on Facebook.
Located in Alamo Heights, Penny Lane is a women's designer fashion boutique owned and operated by two local fashionistas who also happen to be sisters. It's a thoughtfully-curated shop intended to offer fun, edgy fashions in tops, bottoms, dresses, fitted jeans and sexy accessories. This high--end store has a long list of designer wearables including Nili Lotan, Giada Forte, Ulla Johnson, Raquel Allegra, Rag & Gone, Velvet, Mother denim, and Vince, as well as other leading and emerging designers. Centrally-located in the city, it's just a 10-minute drive from downtown. These stylish sisters pride themselves on their excellent customer service, making sure you always find what you're looking for and then some! Penny Lane is a well-maintained store that's bright and organized. If you're looking for something trendy to go out on the town in or take back home, Penny Lane is easily your best bet!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Penny Lane is a sure-fire bet for the latest fashions in town.
Kimberly's expert tip: The perfect place to find that casual yet classy outfit for your next lunch or dinner date.
It's always a joy to shop at the Historic Pearl, as it's full of wonderful and eclectic upscale shops filled with unexpected treasures! As is the case at Ten Thousand Villages, which sells truly unique and beautiful fair-trade crafts and housewares from around the world, including Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. From amethyst earrings made in Peru to a Phoenician blue decanter made in West Bank or a salt crystal glow lamp from Pakistan, they have a little something special for everyone. The store is thoughtfully curated with wares that are handcrafted and ethically-sourced, so you feel great knowing that something good is coming out of your purchase. It's a win-win!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Ten Thousand Villages is one of the premier shops at San Antonio's prime destination, the Historic Pearl.
Kimberly's expert tip: You can also order these delightful wares online if you can't make it into the store.
The Pearl Brewery is one of the coolest places you can visit in San Antonio. This brewery, established in 1883 and once home to Pabst beer, has recently been transformed from a historic brewery to a thriving multi-use space where you can eat, shop, learn, work and live. The Pearl is situated next to the recent Riverwalk expansion, so you can catch a tour boat or walk from the Pearl all the way downtown, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and numerous artistic elements that have been carefully built into the landscape. You'll find fine dining to street food restaurants, a great coffee shop run by the Culinary institute and more. The Culinary Institute and the Aveda School have facilities at the Pearl and both are open to patrons. Every Saturday, the Pearl is host to an amazing Farmer's Market and has become a traditional Saturday event for locals.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Pearl Brewery is a local's favorite and a gem of the city that is always growing and evolving.
Kimberly's expert tip: You can hop on one of the Riverwalk's barges for a tour from here to get the full San Antonio experience!
The San Antonio River Walk actually flows into this mall in one area. River boats float by and local band, Andean Fusion, performs daily for several hours. You'll feel your spirits lift as the melodies of the Peruvian Andes mountains drift through the air. All the well-known stores are here. From Aerosoles, The Gap, Victoria's Secret or smaller cart vendors, Rivercenter caters to all budgets and various shopping needs. Don't forget Macy's if you are looking for a large department store. There is a large food court but you are also within steps of Hooters, Tony Roma's and Luciano's restaurants.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: To find popular shops, Rivercenter Mall is your best option when staying downtown.
Kimberly's expert tip: You can also take in a movie here or go to the Comedy Club after your shopping trip.
Located on the east side near downtown, Chica Verde is more than just a shop, it's a destination spot the locals love to visit, largely due to the owner's passion and talent for finding "cool and weird stuff." What started out a few years ago as a retail store selling outdoor decor has evolved into an eclectic emporium of indoor and outdoor goods. If you've been on the search for months for that perfect tchotchke to complete your living room or an original gift for that hard to please friend, then look no further. While Chica Verde still focuses largely on outdoor items, such as cactus and succulents situated in funky decorative pots, they also have unique finds such as handmade bandanas, bottle openers and nostalgic incense burners. Shopping's never been more fun!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Chica Verde is a great local shop featuring original and unique home decor and other items, both indoor and outdoor.
Kimberly's expert tip: Think of the owner, Valerie Reynolds, as more of a curator of cool stuff for your house. Start a conversation and tell her what you're wanting, and she'll probably surprise you with exactly what you need.
The Shops at La Cantera continue to grow each year. With eleven full sized restaurants like Kona Grill, Yard House, Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro and over 160 stores, it can be like visiting a small city. La Cantera is an outdoor mall and beautifully landscaped. They also provide an outdoor play area on both ends of the mall for children. So, whether you are visiting the Apple store for a new iPad or shopping at Stuart Weitzman for new shoes, there will be plenty to see and do. The mall offers high end upscale stores like Nordstrom as well as traditional favorites like Dillard's. Spend some time relaxing with a book at Barnes & Noble as you sip your favorite Starbuck's beverage. It makes a great 'rest stop' between two of the largest sections of the mall.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: La Cantera is one of the newest and most beautiful shopping centers in the area.
Kimberly's expert tip: This open-air mall is a beautiful place to shop on a nice day. Try out Whiskey Cake for lunch!
Feliz Modern.com is a local's favorite shopping hot spot for finding that something special, either for yourself or that lucky friend. They have a little bit of everything, ad easily something for everyone, including apparel, home decor, paper, pens, pet products, hats, backpacks, cards and more. They have an exceptional collection of works made by local artists, such as t-shirts, jewelry, stickers and posters. It's an ideal place to stock up on holiday gifts and celebration supplies. Few San Antonio stores support local as much as Feliz Modern, so get in there and get shopping!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Feliz Modern is a chic store showcasing the best of what San Antonio has to offer, no matter what kind of gifts you're looking for.
Kimberly's expert tip: Feliz Modern puts on fun pop-ups featuring local artists, so check out their website for details.
Looking to experience the full flavor and feel of San Antonio? Its heritage includes Spanish, Mexican and German influence. There are many ways to enjoy these influences but perhaps one of the best ways to appreciate our Mexican heritage is by visiting El Mercado. El Mercado brings the spice of Mexico to San Antonio. This is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. With over 25 different shops and vendors, you can do some of your best bargain hunting. Items range from glassware, leather goods, vanilla, and other colorful treasures.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Market Square is the best choices for imported Mexican-centric gifts and souvenirs with a lot of local flair.
Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to stop in at Mi Tierra Cafe for a Mexican pastry or plate of their yummy nachos!
San Antonio's renowned fashion designer and artist, Agosto Cuellar, has been working near his whole life to Keep SA Lame' - we're talking about that striking metallic fabric, not something dull and uninspiring. In fact, his new creation at the Blue Star Arts Complex, Augustine Atelier, provides nothing but inspiration. This is the second vintage and fashion focused shop in Southtown that Agosto has owned and operated, but think of this as version 2.0. Featuring his own sustainable fashion and true couture as well stunning vintage clothes and a collection of unique gifts and fun finds, Augustine is truly one of a kind. Agosto Cuellar was dubbed by Tim Gunn himself as a "wild card," during a Project Runway audition and most recently premiered one of his collections on the runways of Paris, France. Go for the experience, but shop for the clothes!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: San Antonio has not traditionally been known for its fashion, but it's this designer that helped put SA on the map.
Kimberly's expert tip: Augustine is currently open Thursday through Sunday. Parking can be a hassle at Blue Star so aim for midday on the weekends or park in the neighborhood.