Comfort Suites Alamo/River walk
505 Live Oak Street
San Antonio, TX 78202
Phone: (210) 227-5200
Fax: (210) 227-5202
Just across the street from the Alamo, this rustic shop holds some of the treasures and memories of yore. Antique maps and books are only the beginning, as it also stocks a good deal of modern history books dealing with the Civil War and Texas history. Browse through the titles and be sure to ask the owner about the merchandise the stories behind the treasures are often as interesting as the items themselves. The owner also offers book and document restoration and does genealogical research for those interested in their Texan roots.
As far as shopping malls go, this one is beautiful. Set right on the River Walk and attached to the Marriott River Center hotel, this mall is a dining, shopping and entertainment mecca. Although anchored by Foley's, Dillard's and an AMC movie theater, the mall offers scores of specialty shops and gift stores, as well as one of the largest parking garages downtown. Musical groups and dance troupes perform nightly during the summer months at the lagoon in the middle of the mall. Visitors can also board barges for tours of the River Walk from the lower level.
With three floors of an enormous old office building dedicated to antiques and collectibles of all sorts, you will find exactly what you are looking for or what you aren't. From glassware and Fiestaware to Lone Ranger lunch boxes and 50s-era ladies' hats, the prices are reasonable and the quality quite good. Even if you're just browsing, this antique mall provides a fun nostalgia trip.
This downtown shop, just around the corner from the real Alamo, specializes in hard-to-find 78rpm, 45rpm and 33rpm records, making it a must-see for the serious music collector. From the Beatles to Elvis, it caters to those with a yearning for the past and an appreciation of good tunes. It also stocks a good selection of vinyl LP records in classical, jazz, rock and blues. There are compact discs for modern technophiles, too. A choice selection of sheet music is available. Drop by and talk to the owner he buys and trades used records as well.
Since 1971, Royalty Coins has bought and sold numismatic coins, gold, silver, estate jewelry, diamonds, scrap gold, class rings, silverware and Rolex watches. It carries investment quality coins as well, and is a member of American Numismatic Association, Professional Coin Grading Service, and Numismatic Guarantee Corporation of America. Additionally, the shop offers appraisal and estate liquidation services. This is one of the best places to find that one particular coin you have been searching for. If what you want is not in stock, the staff will attempt to locate it with the help of their extensive dealer network.
This shop reflects the many talents of local and regional artists, and its selection of bright and colorful creations depicts the area's heritage. As you browse this stunning store, you will find fine art pieces in an array of styles and color themes in addition to posters of the area and black-and-white photography prints by Rick Hunter. The store also offers custom framing, letting you put the finishing touches to your selection. You should enjoy this shopping experience.
Have you ever seen how stained glass is created? Well, you can do so at this store, where the craftsmen ply their trade directly in house. As you watch, you can see beautiful, brightly colored designs being crafted in the form of sun catchers, mirrored boxes, candle holders, kaleidoscopes and a variety of other items. This is the perfect store to visit if you want to pick out an unusual gift or simply watch artisans at work.
Inside the shaded courtyard of La Villita, you might find the owner of this shop busy creating another Bonsai masterpiece. Having been at this location for more than 14 years, the store has gathered quite a large selection from which to choose. The assortment includes Ming, pine, bald cypress, rosemary, juniper, Chinese elm and jade trees, just to mention a few varieties. The store also carries a good selection of tools, containers, display stands and books on how to care for the beautiful Bonsai. This is a great shop for little trees that are bound to please.
This fine art co-operative pays its tribute to local art by hosting shows and allowing artists to display their work at the gallery nestled in Florian House. Around 360 artists work to create artistic wonders. Browse through the fine art on display like the acrylic works, oil works, water color paintings, and more. Have a look at the photographs on display. Three-dimensional art works, including batik, wood, jewelry, egg carving and hand-blown glass are also exhibited. The River Art Show that takes place in October features a competition between members. The gallery also hosts an art show during San Antonio's Fiesta.
The books in the Book Cellar may be well-worn library books, but there is no better place to find a large, inexpensive selection of reference and fiction books. How inexpensive? Most hardbound books are a dollar. Paperbacks range from a quarter to fifty cents. Even the premium books are reasonably priced. The store also stocks magazines, comics, videos and records, all at very low prices. All profits benefit the Friends of the San Antonio Library Foundation and are used to provide books and services to the public.
The historical center and heart of the city's Mexican culture, the square is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Here you can dine on Mexican food at one of several cafes, enjoy the lively sounds of Mariachi bands and buy wonderful blankets, clothes, leather and metal goods and much more, imported from just south of the border. The square plays host to many cultural events and fairs throughout the year, including Fiesta del Mercado (Party of the Market) in April and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November.
It's hard to miss this San Antonio landmark, as the 30-by-60-foot American flag that gracing the front of the building is an eye-catching sight. This family-owned shop has been making flags for businesses and individuals since 1958, offering everything from banners for theme parks to the flag that flies in front of the Alamo. The store has a huge selection of flags in stock, and custom orders are available in any size and in several fabric styles. Don't miss the historical flag collection. Flags from throughout Texas' and America's history are available at reasonable prices, and you will also find replica flags for sale should you be on a tighter budget. The store carries world flags and banners for schools and religious use as well.