I wanted to find a pretty piece of silver jewelry to take home as a memento, so while we were exploring La Villita (one of the oldest settlements in San Antonio) I stopped by Chamade Jewelers.
I found an interesting torquoise pendant on a silver chain, but there were other unique pieces crafted of silver that were very nice. Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, charms and pendants filled the jewelry cases. I noticed they also sold estate jewelry.
While I was here, at least two people came in to have a piece of old jewelry redesigned. The service was excellent and the saleswoman spent quite a bit of time guiding me around the sales room to the different jewelry cases.
Chamade is open daily and accepts all major credit cards.
What to buy: Silver jewelry
It's old but its still a nice place to shop.I think its made in the 1880s or 1900s.
What to buy: The shoes.If you want to take a break,go to the middle of the store and buy some popcorn for 5cents and a glass coke for 10cents.Most shoes cost an average $30 to $50 US but the rest cost around $60-more than $100
Open Mon-Fri 9-6
What to pay: 0.05 cents to $165.00 US
This store combines two of my biggest loves: cats and books, so how could I resist?! Nine Lives Books sells used books that are in good condition, and as you are looking for something to read, chances are that one of the store's 10 cats will walk up to you to meet and greet! They're all very friendly cats who will make sure you have a good time shopping at Nine Lives - it's probably one of the reasons why I ended going back home with 22 new books!!!
What to buy: Books, books, and more books.
What to pay: About the same as Half-Price books, so not a lot
As an extension to the River Walk shopping you will find River Center Mall, a 10-acre complex, which contains 135 stores and restaurants including a Dillards and Foley’s department store. Planet Hollywood is one of the stores in the River Center Mall where you can find souvenirs ranging from designer T-shirts, leather jackets, to key chains, which will help you, remember your visit to San Antonio. You will also find a variety of specialty shops scattered throughout the city. Handicrafts and Mexican imports are available along the River Walk and in La Villita. La Villita is a National Register Historic District in the heart of the downtown district near the Alamo. Market Square is in an area of San Antonio bordered by Pecos and Santa Rosa Streets on the west and east, and by Buena Vista and Commerce Streets on the south and north. Since 1830 an open-air marketplace for vegetables, fruit, and eggs has been operating here. You can also find American Indian and Mexican items as well as arts and crafts in the specialty shops of Market Square.
Paris Hatters is a traditional family firm that has been covering the heads of Texans since 1917. They also serve customers around the world with their special custom-made stetsons, fedoras, and fisherman's caps. Nice showroom - they'll be glad to measure your crown for you, and if they don't have your size right on hand, they will be more than glad to produce something that will perfectly top you off.
Located inside the Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions National Historic Parks, the Spanish Colonial Bookstore is a nice little shop dedicated to a lot of historical documents and books, as well as plenty of smaller children's books to make sure the kids that come to visit are well entertained and keep the memories of this trip.
What to buy: In particular, on this trip, we picked up some children's books on Javelinas. Javelinas are small piglike peccaries that are found mostly in the Texas coastal plains. The shop also contains information about Texas, Mexican and Spanish history.
What to pay: There were options for all budgets.
If you feel like going on a picnic or eating out on that nice hotel balcony, why not stop at HEB's Central Market! On top of the regular grocery store items, they've got a great selection of home-made meals, salads and sandwiches, cheese from all over the world (we found an amazing one from Wales), cold cuts and pates, etc. They also offer a great selection of Texas and international wine and beer. You're sure to make some really great finds that will turn your picnic into a feast!
What to buy: I bought some Red Dragon, a cheddar cheese made with Welsh brown ale and mustard seeds, and a bottle of Sister Creek rose - sooooo good!!
Half Price Books is a great place to go if you're looking for great deals but don't necessarily want to buy used books. The store has used books but it also has lots of surplus inventory which means you can get new books at a really good price. There are four different locations in San Antonio and the selection is quite different from one store to the other. For my part, I liked the one located on Broadway the best.
What to buy: Books, what else?!
What to pay: Not much, I got a brand new $22 novel for $4.
Browsing around San Antonio's Art Village, La Villita (Little Village), is as interesting for history buffs as it is for shoppers. The little houses that line the shady streets may now all be shops and galleries but their first life was as housing for Spanish troops stationed at the Mission San Antonio Valero when San Antonio was first settled. The adobe and stone cottages we see today were built to replace the original slab huts that were washed away in the flood of 1819. Santa Ana's Mexican army stationed the cannons that fired on the Alamo here. In the more peaceful times that followed German and French imigrants moved into the little houses but as people prospered and the city grew, La Villita became something of a slum. The development of the adjacent River Walk in the late 1930s saw a revival of interest in the historic old area and today the village is the centre of a thriving arts community, its old buildings preserved and cherished.
What to buy: There's something for everyone at La Villita, virtually all of it hand-crafted and unique. Jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass, fine art, leather and more - the most resistant of non-shoppers could be tempted here and even if you hold out against adding yet another thing to your over-stuffed baggage, a set of notecards with water colour sketches of the old buildings won't take up any room, will they?
For that unique piece, stop by The Village Gallery in La Villita, where the shop offers stoneware and pottery distinctive of Texas.
I quickly found a great looking spoon rest and a cheese tray as I browsed through the rooms (picture 2). The stoneware was beautifully arranged in sets, so it was simple to select something that matched. The difficult part was making a choice--so many color combinations!
Several small rooms and second floor comprise the cozy shop, all stacked with wonderful things. I'll definitely want to stop by another time. The best part about shopping in La Villita is its historic charm!
I wonder if Davey Crockett or William Travis ever envisioned what was once an invasion being a quaint little area full of shops. Alamo Plaza is a very charming shopping area with a lil up gazebo in the middle. Many people stop and eat a preztel or maybe some ice cream while letting the kids play in the square. Along the area are small, local shops selling anything from antiques to souvenirs to custom made crafts.
Some may bypass these shops since they are so close to RiverCenter Mall. But don't let the mall stop you from enjoying a smaller, more intimate groups of stores.
What to buy: In San Antonio you will see a lot of items from the Mexican heritage. Especially great when shopping for Christmas gifts! You can get anyone something here.
What to pay: You can spend anywhere from $1-as much as you can afford
This outdoor mall is beautifully landscaped which makes it much nicer than you typical mall. All of the upscale shops are there Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Tiffanys, Cole Han, Kenneth Cole, Betsy Johnson, Tumi, Sephora just to name a few.
Plus Kona Grill and PF Changs to have lunch.
What to buy: All the great shopping you would expect at a good mall
The Quarry is a fairly comprehensive, upscale shopping center not that far from the airport. It has a theatre, Borders Bookstore, Whole Foods Grocery, jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, furniture stores, and restaurants like P.F. Chang's, Chili's, and J. Alexander's. For the full list, see web link below.
Great place to wander around.
What to pay: It's upscale, but prices are reasonable. The restaurant prices vary, the boutiques have higher prices typical of boutiques, and the chain stores have regular prices.
This is the best and newest shopping mall in San Antonio. It has a wonderful outdoor atmosphere with the best department stores and fine dining. If you are looking for Nordstrom's, Nieman Marcus, Tiffany's, Tommy Bahama, or other places like this, here is where you'll find them. It's located next to the Six Flags amusement park, Fiesta Texas, so the kids have something to do afterwards. Across the highway (Interstate 10), are more shops and a wonderful, new movie theater.
North Star Mall is relatively close to the downtown area compared to other malls. Sakes Fifth Avenue and Macy's are anchors to the mall (however they seem to be scaled down in terms of merchandise). It is well laid out and attractive. Smaller upscale shops include Sephora, Juicy Couture and Just Dogs. The remaining stores are typical outlets you can find in your standard mall.
Valet parking is available at the Cheesecake Factory entrance. You will find more upscale shopping at the Shops at La Cantera, however if you are not wanting to drive that far outside of San Antonio, the North Star Mall is an excellent alternative.
What to buy: Unique makeup collections at Sephora and upscale bakery items for your doggie at Just Dogs.
What to pay: $500-$750
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