Best place to find your next favorite read
bookstore out of nowhere
Named for that feeling you get when you’re lost in a good read, Nowhere Bookshop is heaven for book lovers like its founder, author Jenny Lawson. Take your time wandering around the Broadway store and keep an eye out for the “Staff Favorites” cards strewn across the shelves. On each, employees detail why a title landed among their favorites and provide insight on what to read next if you (like them) already love the book in question. A bar with coffee, wine and beer is planned in the future, and the quirky decor is just one more reason to find your next book recommendation in person.
The twig bookstore
A San Antonio mainstay since 1972, The Twig is a must-visit for author events, children’s story time, and shopping, whether you’re looking for new releases, historical reads, or Texan titles.
Best Growing Trend: Sustainable Fashion
Best getaway for relaxation
Loma de Vida
Named for its stunning panoramic views of San Antonio, Loma de Vida (“Hill of Life”) offers an extensive spa menu as well as enjoyable amenities (like the Himalayan salt sauna, herbal steam room, and swimming pool overflow) that are worth staying all day.
Best hair salon for ‘Puro’ experience
Puro Handsome hair salon
“Puro San Antonio” is an often-heard phrase in the town of Alamo, and no hair salon exudes it more than Puro Handsome. Run by Tommie Gonzalez and located next to the Majestic Theater, Puro is part old-school barber shop, self-proclaimed business casula, and part New York street punk, all with a dash of that vibe. from San Antonio. Gonzalez hails from Brownsville and is a former TV broadcast engineer and owner of an independent music label. After frustrations with the entertainment industry, he sought a “more caring” profession and now offers standard trims, shaves, beard trims and more, often while the customer enjoys a beer or whiskey.
Best Reinvention: Belle & Union Co.
The best place to work from home — away from home
When the walls of the home office start to close in, Pearl is the perfect place to recharge and refocus. Grab a cup of coffee from local cafe founders and breakfast from the bottling service (bonus: queues are short on weekdays) and relax at a table outside or on a blanket on the fake lawn. When the temperatures outside are too extreme, sip a Mexican coffee or hot chocolate from the Larder at the Emma Hotel and curl up in a chair in the hotel lobby. When you need a real break, there’s the Twig Bookstore, Rancho Diaz, and other stores to browse, and Hiatus Spa + Retreat offers an excuse to pamper yourself if you take a little time out.
The best convenience we can’t live without
HEB at the curb
Someone else does the shopping and it’s free? HEB makes it hard to buy groceries anywhere else with its app that allows for easy ordering and (almost always) free curbside pickup.
Best new style concept: the SJ
Best place for unique snacks
A snacker’s dream, Jefferson Bodega has hard-to-find sweet and savory treats and drinks you never knew you were missing in your life. Wendy’s Frosty cereal? Fried Pickles with Ranch Lays? Pumpkin Spice Ramen and Sweet and Sour Plum Beer? Don’t hit it until you try it.
Best New Designer
Technically speaking, Nicola Bathie is not “new”. The San Antonio native has made a name for herself in the jewelry industry with her classic, feminine and slightly whimsical collections. What is new is her collaboration with Antonio Melani which led her to branch out into fashion and into Dillard department stores. The limited-edition Nicola Bathie for Antonio Melani capsule collection was released on the retailer’s website and in select stores in September 2021. Reflecting his impeccable and personal style, the collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories is a study of romance, calling to think of something of a Brontë novel. Characterized by rich fabrics, dazzling sequins, alluring feathers and Bathie’s signature shimmering stones and pearls, the feminine pieces are proof that timeless beauty never goes out of style.
Best Antiques: Pink Vintage SATX
Best Pet Advocates
San Antonio has a wide range of dedicated, hardworking, and impressive pet nonprofits, but SNIPSA stands out from the crowd. It places a high priority on rescuing animals at risk of euthanasia from other shelters and relies on its well-organized social media feeds, volunteer network, partnerships and fun events to help find new homes. for pets. (For example, he hosted a Betty White-themed adoption event, “Betty’s Final Bow Wow,” earlier this year at Adelante Boutique, which donated a portion of its profits that day to the SNIPSA). It also works to prevent overcrowding with free neutering and neutering surgeries (it has performed 16,500 since its inception in 2006 by a group that included several vets).
Best New Home Shop
Fans of the Felíz Modern and Felíz Modern Pop gift shops were thrilled with the opening of this store in Pearl. Filled with vintage and modern pieces from Texas, Mexico and around the world, the store reflects the style of owners Ginger and Mario Diaz and provides a glimpse of what they would use if they were stocking their dream home. Look for handmade pottery, kitchen gifts, textiles and more.
Best Boutique Studios for Cardio and Strength
Best Classic Men’s Clothing Store
With over 100 years in business, Penner’s has attracted a loyal customer base for a reason. The downtown store stocks its shelves with clothing suitable for the South Texas heat (including bespoke custom shirts and authentic guayaberas made only for Penner customers in Mexico, Panama and Colombia). They have boys and “big and tall” sizes, so you’ll find something for everyone, and tailoring is offered on purchases at no extra cost.
The best reasons to arrive early at the airport
Local cuisine + Art
San Antonio International Airport has intended to step up its game when it comes to ensuring travelers know they are in the Alamo City. Andrew Weissman’s Sip Brew Bar & Eatery welcomes customers who need a cup of coffee before going through security while San Antonio favorites like Merit Coffee, Smoke Shack, La Gloria, Rosario’s and Boss Bagels offer local bites, libations and caffeine in the terminals. The airport walls feature local art exhibitions held throughout the year so customers can view photos, paintings and more on a hike to baggage claim, the counter or their boarding gate. The best news? These additions are just the start.
Best farmer’s market for a quiet Saturday morning
Huebner Oaks Farmers Market
When looking for a destination market where you can spend a full morning or take out-of-town guests, Pearl is the gold standard (as proven by its winning the most reader votes for best farmers market ). But when you’re just there to shop or only have 30 minutes to spare, Huebner Oaks Farmers Market offers the perfect escape. Not as big as Pearl, the market run by Four Seasons Market is packed with local artisans, food and produce vendors, parking is plentiful, and the crowd is friendly.
Best pop-up market for meeting creators
South African local market
Designers Cristina Martinez (of Very That) and Cat Contreras-Sanchez (of BarbacoApparel) held their first “Brickmas” market several years ago at Blue Star and have since expanded to hold pop-up shopping events at Pearl Stable, Main Plaza, Brick at Blue Star and elsewhere. They always curate a list of vendors that offer a variety of products rooted in South Texas, prioritizing Latinx and women-owned businesses. It’s hard to browse through a market and not walk away with at least a few purchases, so go there when you’re looking for the perfect gift or just a reason to treat yourself.
Best Antiques: Pink Vintage SATX
Best Babies/Kids: Crib and Kids
Best Barber Shop: Traveler Barbershop
Best Books: The Twig Book Shop
Best Farmer’s Market: Pearl Farmers Market
Best Fitness/Sportswear/Outdoors: Smart Barre & Pilates
Best Florist: The Flower Guy
Best Furniture: Office Furniture Closeouts
Best Gifts: Sunset & Co. | home decoration
Best gym or fitness studio: Camp Gladiator
Best Home Decor: Belle & Union Co.
Best Men’s Clothing: Bexar Goods
Best Museum Gift Shop: Witte Museum
Best Pet Store: SouthPaw Waggery
Best Pet Grooming/Boarding: Lucy’s Doggy Daycare
Best Salon: Salon Lucent
Best second-hand clothes: Gray Moon Vintage
Best Spa: Hiatus Spa + Retreat
Best Female: La Casa Frida