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If you don't find something you like as you wander along the River Walk, have someone check your pulse. Officially known as Paseo Del Rio, this area is packed with great shopping, fun restaurants, boats that will take you on tours of the river, and outdoor cafes just waiting for you to sit down and rest your feet with a cool drink in hand. Just a little word of warning, they close the River Walk for maintenance for just a little bit during the winter so you might want to call in advance if you are planning to visit during December or January.
Then head to Market Square, 514 W Commerce, 210-207-8600, and El Mercado, the city's Historic Mexican Market. Here you'll find neat shops tucked into courtyards and wonderful food at Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery, which comes highly recommended. You'll also enjoy exploring the 125 stores at the Rivercenter Mall, across from the Alamo, and the La Villita Historic Arts Village, one of the original settlement of Old San Antonio, in the heart of downtown, S Alamo & Nueva Streets, 210-207-8610, . Here you'll find wonderful stores and unique restaurants housed in historic buildings.
If you feel like really splurging on a great pair of boots, head to Lucchese, 255 E Basse Rd, 210-828-9419. Open since 1883, this store carries fine, hand-crafted Western boots, and wonderful accessories. If you'd rather invest your cash into beautiful jewelry, drop in at Chamade Jewelers, 504 Villita Street, La Villita, which is a one square block in the heart of downtown San Antonio, 210-224-7753. They specialize in custom made one of a kind items, jewelry from France and Italy, and carry a wonderful selection of precious stones.
Those of you who like hand crafts will enjoy browsing at the Southwest School of Art & Craft, 300 Augusta at Navarro, 210-224-1848. They carry handmade jewelry, art-to-wear, ceramics, handmade paper, wood, glass, hand painted furniture, and paintings. If you are cat crazy, you'll want to drop in at CATS CATS CATS, 849 E Commerce St, 210-227-0301. Here you'll find not only neat gifts but also accessories to make your kitty grin.
Like to create your own hand made treasures? Then you'll want to visit Cross Stitch Plus, 2267 NW Military Hwy., 210-342-8252; and the Yarn Barn of San Antonio, 4300 McCullough Ave, 210-826-3679. If fabric is your weakness, you'll enjoy tempting yourself at the Hancock Fabric, 2341 NW Military Hwy., 210-349-9945; ; and the Longest Yard, 16646 San Pedro, 210-494-7685. If you just need some general hobby supplies, there is a good chance you'll find what you're looking for at the Hobby Lobby Creative Center, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., 210-737-1611.
If you enjoy searching for bargains at flea markets, you won't want to miss the Eisenhauer Road Flea Market, 3903 Eisenhauer Road, noon to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 210-653-7592. Here you'll find furniture, jewelry, diamonds, antiques, books, cosmetics, clothing, toys, coins, records, plants, tools, gifts, souvenirs, and electronics booths all housed in a large air-conditioned building.
Looking for men's clothing? You'll find top quality name brand men's wear at 50 to 75 percent off retail at the K & G Men's Super Store, 2503 NW Loop 410, 210-340-8383. Avid bargain shoppers won't mind making the one hour drive to the Tanger Factory Outlet Center, I-35 North exit 200, San Marcos, TX, 512- 396-7446. Here you can search for discounts on the goods of upscale designer and manufacturers' stores.
Mall shoppers will enjoy exploring the stores at North Star Mall, 7400 W San Pedro Ave, 210-342-2325. Here you'll find upscale shopping at stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, The Sharper Image, Talbots, and Williams Sonoma. You'll find more mall shopping at the 150+ store Ingram Park Mall, 6301 NW Loop 410, 210-684-9570; and the 147+ store Windsor Park Mall, 7900 N I-35, 210-654-1760.
Now if breathing this Texas air, has made you long to fit in with the cowpoke crowd, you'll probably be needing some new duds. You'll find just the kickers you need at the Cowtown Boots Factory Store, 3656 Fredericksburg Rd., 210-736-0990. For great hats check out Paris Hatters, 119 Broadway, 210-223-3453; and Nollen Western Wear, 8701 Perrin-Beitel, 210-655- 7553. But don't expect your transformation to come cheap. A great hat, like the Resistol George Straight model can cost from $117.00 to $165.00.
Is your pantry beginning to look a little bare? Then grab your shopping list and head on over to Albertsons Food & Drug Store, 3333 Fredericksburg Rd., 210-737-2586; the Diamond Shamrock Grocery Store, 3944 Fredericksburg Rd., 210-733-7596; Wal-Mart, 910 SE Military Dr., 210-921-0800; or Target, 2810 SW Military Dr., 210-977-8552.
If what you really crave is more toys for your rig, then you need to head to nearby New Braunfels, TX and the Camping World, 3891 I. H. 35 N., 888-446-4290. Here you'll find all the neat stuff you need to make your RVing life easier.
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