Blue Star Arts Complex is one of the gems of the Southtown Arts District. Besides featuring the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Museum, the complex is home to a number of galleries, restaurants and bars. Brick was once home to Jump-Start, a performance company, which is still in operation. Most Sundays, from noon to 5 pm, (and during the First Friday art walks), is when Brick is transformed into a fun and funky artisan market featuring mostly handmade goods and treats. Their mission is to bring together all kinds of art forms in a space that welcomes self-expression and experimentation. The stylish and eccentric charm of the marketplace encourages shoppers to come-as-you-are and sample the array of cool wares on offer. You can find things like healthy, handmade doggy treats, one-of-a-kind artwork, such as paintings by the world-renowned artist, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, jewelry and vintage clothes from local celeb Agosto Cuellar and fantastic edibles. Local Chef, Rene Guerrero, makes the most scrumptious empanadas each Sunday, made with fresh ingredients in a beautiful golden pastry. You can expect to find flavors like sweet potato, Mexican chorizo and pineapple, white bean and smoked turkey, picadillo, vegetarian borracho black bean and bacon cheeseburger.
Recommended for Boutiques because: Brick Marketplace offers truly unique gifts and handmade goods, including locally-made artwork, some right before your eyes.
Kimberly's expert tip: You can hop on the Riverwalk from the Blue Star Arts Complex and walk or bike along the stunning Mission Trail.
Aquarius is a carefully-curated boutique in the heart of San Antonio that isn't your typical store. They offer customers a "timeless looks mingled with contemporary savvy" that leaves you feeling confident and original, and isn't that how we all want to feel?! Young business owner, Sara Ash Jessop, once a jewelry designer herself, has poured her heart and soul into this boutique to create a unique shopping experience that also incorporates local artists and their artwork. A big supporter of the local art world, Jessop has succeeded in translating that vision into her boutique. Aquarius is currently showcasing two resident artists - Gregorio Mannino, a well-known San Antonio artist and the talented Tracy Williams. Of course, if it's the clothes you're here for then you've just hit the jackpot. Aquarius carries a number of popular yet niche lines that have a following but aren't found just anywhere. You can expect to find brands such as Frame Denim and Clover Canyon. So if you're on the prowl for some amazing finds in San Antonio, don't just shop at the mall. You'll discover some of the most incredible outfits, accessories and more in these upscale neighborhoods like Terrell Hills and Alamo Heights.
Recommended for Boutiques because: Aquarius offers women a stunning assortment of finely-crafted clothing and accessories.
Kimberly's expert tip: Check out their website ahead of time to see what's new and in stock, such as pieces by Lizzy Fortunato and gorgeous handbags by top designers such as Foley and Corinna.
This adorable shop is located downtown and also right on the Riverwalk is one of the best shopping areas in town. Angelita is a fine mélange dedicated to natural fibers, hand-hewn leathers, hand-crafted jewelry, batik, in-home and free trade, all in shockingly good taste. Located in the historic La Villita arts village, shoppers delight in handbags designed locally and jewelry that you can't keep your eyes off of. The shop carefully selects jewelry and other decor from both Texas and Mexico. You'll notice an emphasis on natural fabrics while your eyes are mesmerized with the beautiful colors and designs. Think of the styles here as 'Texas Signature.'
Recommended for Boutiques because: Angelita is a great place to shop for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.
Kimberly's expert tip: The go-to boutique if you're shopping on the Riverwalk, but you might miss it if you don't stop at La Villita.
You can't visit Texas without picking up a pair of cowboy boots! Whether you're looking for something classic or something stylish, something to show off to your friends back home or something for a little bit of country dancing while you're in town, Lucchese offers a beautiful assortment of American-made western and sports boots for both men and women. They've been in business for over 120 years and the moment you walk in you'll see why. Lucchese boots are crafted from high-grade leathers and can be customized to conform to your individual feet. You'll be in good company with Lucchese boots as movie stars, presidents and cowboys everywhere all wear these comfortable and gorgeous boots!
Recommended for Boutiques because: Lucchese is a maker of finely-crafted boots, a definitely must if you want to take something home to remind you of Texas.
Kimberly's expert tip: Lucchese is located at the Alamo Quarry Market - so prepare yourself for a morning or afternoon of outstanding shopping, then head to J. Alexander's or Piatti for lunch.
This boutique is cherished locally with a sizable following. Established over 35 years ago, it is located in the Pearl Brewery district. The friendly, eclectic feel of the Pearl district is perfect for Adelante's variety of women's clothing, choice accessories and beautiful jewelry. Whether you are looking for that cute little dress or that trendy 'must have' item for your next event, Adelante is sure to have something to please. The owner of the store, Marla Mason Ross is also the inventor of 'Chickies Cleavage Coverage by Juls & Meg.' This efficient clothing accessory has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Doctors and in many publications.
Recommended for Boutiques because: Adelante is a hot spot for hip fashions and hot deals.
Kimberly's expert tip: If you are looking for great designs, handmade clothing and stitching, you will love Adelante.
Good Goods is a local's favorite for a wonderfully curated collection of eclectic goods for your home. They call it an interior design studio. Located just a few minutes from downtown near the historic eastside neighborhood known as Dignowity Hill, Good Goods is a little off the beaten path, but that just means it's an adventure waiting to happen. Find pieces that are a modern Texas style, chic and truly special. Customers say they have searched for months before finding just the right pieces here, such as unique tables, chairs, rugs and artwork.
Recommended for Boutiques because: Good Goods is where to find Texas eclectic modern stylings you won't find anywhere else.
Kimberly's expert tip: Don't hesitate to ask the owner's advice for just the right piece to make your living room pop or make your bedroom the haven you've always imagined.
Sloan-Hall is an absolute fantastic high-end boutique that exemplifies the kind of unique shopping experience you can expect to find in the stunning Alamo Heights area. Sloan-Hall carries fine artisan jewelry by artists such as Ileana Makri, Dinh Van, Aurora Lopez, Moritz Glik, The Woods, Damien and Alex, Lou Zeldis, Nancey Chapman and others. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or something special just for you, this is the place! The moment you walk in you feel luxurious, almost decadent. They make a concerted effort to provide elegant surroundings that best present their wonderful items. Not only do they carry jewelry and clothing, but a unique selection of greeting cards, books, perfumes, lotions and other items that you, most likely, have never seen before. Sloan-Hall has impeccable taste and provides a level of quality that is unsurpassed by other boutiques in San Antonio. It is, as they say, the best of the best!
Recommended for Boutiques because: A stylish boutique with an eclectic collection of jewelry, greeting cards, home accessories & gifts.
Kimberly's expert tip: A surprisingly great place to find your next favorite book. The assortment is highly eclectic, from biographies to fashion.
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 Boutiques 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 Boutiques because: Penny Lane is where to shop if you're looking for a true sense of San Antonio fashion.
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 Boutiques 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 order these delightful wares online if you can't make it into the store.