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san antonio guide

by Grace Bonney

Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau/Richard Nowitz

art & architectural history student and design lover amy estes recently returned to san antonio after spending her early childhood here. she’s been busy rediscovering old faves, finding places to drink margaritas, and scouting vintage stores. in addition to documenting her finds on her blog, road to wonder (a visual and written exploration of texas), she’s made time to walk us through her local’s guide to san antonio shopping, eating and site-seeing. thank you again to amy for sharing her guide with us! a always, if you have a favorite spot you feel is missing feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

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Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau / Jeff Goldberg

Bienvenidos design*sponge readers,

I hope you are ready to start exploring the heart of Texas and all that it has to offer with this guide. San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city, and is a well-known tourist destination. Historical sites such as the Alamo and the famed River Walk put it on the map years ago. It has long been a city of multiple cultural influences. In fact, city street signs were once in three languages: Spanish, English and German.

Despite a recent Travel and Leisure reader’s poll that declared San Antonio to be an affordable, but unstylish getaway, I am here to report that San Antonio is both easy on the wallet and designer friendly. It is a great city to make discoveries at antique and junk stores, estate sales, import shops, art galleries and museums.

San Antonio covers some 400 square miles and is composed of neighborhoods and smaller municipalities within the city. For the sake of minimizing driving and maximizing charm, this guide will focus on places inside of loop 410, including Alamo Heights, Downtown, Monte Vista, Olmos Park and the area of Southtown (King William, Lavaca and Blue Star). It is advisable to rent a car, or alternatively to stay downtown and take the city trolleys and/or walk. The included areas are walkable, except in the summer, unless you love the heat.



Adelante Boutique– Designed to look like a Mexican Market, Adelante is full of accessories and an ever-changing selection of women’s clothing, especially colorful dresses.

Alamo Antique Mall– Three floors of antiques. Shipping available. If you need a break, walk across the street for coffee and a snack at Twin Sister’s Bakery.

Antiquarian Book Mart– A customer described this used and rare book store best, “The book lover’s version of an out-of-the-way antique store.”

Dos Carolinas– Custom Guayaberas (embroidered Mexican shirts) made from natural fabrics. The shirts are beautiful, with detailed embroidery work.

Fiesta on Main– Spending time here is ridiculously fun. Be prepared to experience color overload and walk out with enough supplies to host your own fiesta. Housewares, gifts and party goods. Clothing for women, men and kids.

Hildebrand Emporium Antiques – Trash, treasure, pot of gold. It is all here. This section of Hildebrand has other antique stores too; it is enjoyable to spend a few hours browsing in this area.

Inter Artisan– This shop and gallery space carries a selection of folk art from both Mexican and San Antonio artisans.

Jive Refried– Owned by local fashion designer Agosto Cuellar, he stocks a selection of vintage clothing, accessories and his own designs.

Julian Gold– Upscale Texas only boutique department store, worth going to splurge on jewelry by San Antonio by way of Brazil designer Claudia Lobao.

La Villita– San Antonio’s original neighborhood is now a collection of galleries and boutiques and is a pretty spot for strolling and shopping.

Melissa Guerra– Especially for cooks. Kitchen supplies, home goods and accessories. The items range from comales and corn-grinders to Cuisinarts. She also stocks Latin American chocolate, handicrafts, textiles, and leather goods.

Pagoda – An eclectically curated home store full of amazing vintage finds. Changed frequently, the displays are stunning. Just when I think I am ready to channel David Hicks in the Bahamas, they have conjured up Marrakech.

Paris Hatters– In business since 1917 and owned by the same family, it is worth a look for the history alone. Everyone from Johnny Cash to Prince Charles has gotten a hat made here. They sell both custom-made and less expensive hats.

The Regalo Gift Shop and Botánica– The gift shop of the Museo Alameda, this botanica has a wonderful and strange selection of gifts and crafts.

San Angel Folk Art– Extensive collections of folk, outsider, visionary and vernacular art, featuring artists from Mexico, Latin America, the United States, Europe and Africa.

The Twig Book Shop and Red Balloon– This pair of independent bookstores both have a great selections. The Red Balloon is especially for children.

The Violet Hour– Women’s boutique that has a pretty selection of special occasion dresses and every day looks.

Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau/Richard Nowitz


Beto’s Comida Latina– The food here is best described as Latin American soul food. Empanadas and tacos are both quite good; do not miss the sweet empanadas.

Biga on the Banks– If you want to eat along the river walk and desire a fantastic culinary experience, this is the place.

Casa Rio– If you want the classic river walk experience, Casa Rio is a tried and true Tex-Mex restaurant that is especially picturesque around the holidays, with trees full of twinkling lights.

El Mirador– Favorite of locals and tourists, the daily soup is always a standout.

The Friendly Spot– Cold beers, outdoor hangout kind of place, cash only.

Green– Vegetarian cuisine and coffee. San Antonio’s only 100% vegetarian and kosher café. Off the beaten path and a lovely place for a lunch break.

Guenther House– A beautiful café housed in the home of the Pioneer Flour founders. It is a bustling and satisfying restaurant; the Pioneer flour milled onsite is a featured ingredient. Think perfect biscuits, pancakes and more.

Il Sogno Osteria– New Italian restaurant owned by star chef Andrew Weissman. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is often packed and they do not accept reservations, so arrive early or try lunch instead.

La Fonda on Main– The oldest Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, serving both Tex-Mex and interior Mexican specialties. An oasis in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood, this place has yummy food and is very enchanting.

La Frite Belgian Bistro– As the name suggests, a Belgian restaurant that makes all the classics, including mussels, perfect fries, quiches, soups and salads.

La Tuna Grill– Comfort food. Great place to sit outside and kick back. Family- friendly and fun people watching.

Liberty Bar– A beloved bar and restaurant in a building that seems to be falling down. The menu is fresh and inventive and offers selections for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Do not skip dessert and try the goat cheese with chile morita and piloncillo sauce.

Madhatter’s Tea House- Casual spot that is both kid and dog friendly. Great place to have brunch and then wander around King William.

Rosario’s– Amazingly consistent food. Start with the classics, salsa, chips and margaritas and go from there.

Sandbar Fish House & Market– This oyster bar also serves sashimi, seviches, lobster bisque and fantastic Cesar salads. Soon to be relocated to the Pearl Brewery Full Goods Building, with more room and an expanded menu.

Texas Farm to Table– Primarily a breakfast and lunch spot, this is a good place to put together a picnic for nearby Brackenridge Park.

Torres Taco Haven– A Southtown gathering spot that is the place to eat breakfast tacos.

Twin Sisters– A café and bakery owned by twin sisters, offering healthy fare, with locations in Alamo Heights and Downtown.

Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau / Mark Menjivar

Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau


Art Galleries & Museums

Artpace was founded by artist and businesswoman Linda Pace (1945-2007), “…to serve as a laboratory of dreams, providing artists from all over the world with an environment that would encourage experimentation and growth.” It has been hugely successful and should be one of your stops if you love contemporary art.

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center– Blue Star is known as a trailblazer and an incubator for contemporary art in San Antonio; its founding over 20 years ago spurred revitalization in the arts and the Southtown neighborhoods.

The McNay Art Museum was the original modern art museum established in Texas. The collection, buildings, and grounds are exceptional and a visit here is highly recommended.

Museo Alameda is the first formal affiliate of the Smithsonian outside of Washington D.C and is the state’s official Latino Museum. The museum is located in the former Alameda Theater, which had fallen into disrepair. Luckily, it has been stylishly re-imagined and restored. Check the website for current exhibition listings.

The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is located in the former Lone Star Brewery Complex along the new Museum Reach Extension of the River Walk. Their collections emphasize Western Antiquities, Asian Art, Latin American Art, and contemporary American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

The Southwest School of Art and Craft– If you are so inclined, plan your trip around a weekend workshop here; offerings include felt making, soy batiks, photography and the art of mosaics. There are also exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and a visitor’s center and museum on the grounds of this scenic property.

The Witte Museum focuses on Texas history, culture, and natural science. The Witte offers permanent exhibits that include dinosaur skeletons, cave drawings, and wildlife dioramas.

Cultural & Historical Sights

Downtown– San Antonio’s downtown is largely intact, thanks to passionate residents and city planners, and you will see many beautiful buildings as you explore. One good way to soak it all in while avoiding the crush of tourists at the Alamo, is to start early in the morning. Begin at the Alamo and work your way west, ending up at Market Square. Among the numerous sights along the way are the spectacular San Fernando Cathedral, the Bexar County Courthouse and Main Plaza. For independent visitors, the knock it out of the ballpark book to have in your carry-on is San Antonio Architecture: Traditions and Visions. For those that prefer a guide, San Antonio Walks provides daily public walking tours.

Hemisfair Park– Built to host the 1968 World’s Fair, the park houses several historic buildings, a playground, the Institute of Texan Cultures and Instituto Cultural de Mexico. The park is also home to the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas, which offers sweeping views of San Antonio.

King William– Settled by German immigrants and named after Prussia’s first king, King William was the first neighborhood in Texas to be designated as an historic district. This area is another part of town that makes for great walking. Print out the map from the San Antonio Conservation Society website and you are ready to go.

The Mission Trail– Rent bikes at Blue Star Bike Shop and head south along the paved 8 mile (16 mile round trip) trail that links the missions. There is water available at each stop along the way. The missions are in different states of condition, however they are all beautiful. The Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña, or the Mission Concepción for short, contains the oldest unrestored stone church in Texas. Its faded frescoes remain and take you back in time.

Monte Vista– A delightful neighborhood that will have you going over your pro and con list on whether you should relocate to San Antonio. The variety of architectural styles is swoon worthy, as are the majestic oaks. Monte Vista forms the most extensive and intact neighborhood of this era in Texas (1890-1930). Maria Watson Pfeiffer, who completed the National Register nomination form, states that:

The neighborhood’s resilience was at least partially attributable to the wide variety of housing stock – eclectic in its range of sizes, materials and designs (and therefore prices) found in the area’s numerous subdivisions, each built for a different segment of the home buying public. Wealthy ranchers lived in close proximity to modest schoolteachers, each in houses designed and constructed by noted architects and builders.

A lesson that still rings true today: good design for everyone.

The Pearl, already a community hot spot, is destined for greatness. Operated as a brewery for over a hundred years, the 22-acre complex is undergoing a transformation. The vision of the developers in charge: to provide a place to eat, live, learn, work and play on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River. In 2008, the repurposed Full Goods building opened. Designed by hometown architecture stars Lake|Flato, the building happens to have the largest solar array in Texas. If you are in town on a Saturday, spend your morning at the Farmer’s Market (rain or shine, year-round.)

The San Antonio River Museum Reach is finished and it is extraordinary in a rub your eyes, is this really my city kind of way. It is a treat to experience the Museum Reach by boat, by bike, or on foot. The project “… has been named the nation’s largest ecosystem restoration in an urban area. Additionally, the surrounding neighborhood development of River North was identified as one of 12 projects from around the world to win a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). They commended the San Antonio River North project as a pioneer in developing mixed-use, walkable landscapes. Inspired by the art-filled niches, landscaped grottos and walkability of the River Walk, River North will transform what was a light industrial area into a thriving mixed-use neighborhood with residential, retail and office space centered near the San Antonio River.”

Southtown – This area, which is made up of several neighborhoods, is perfect for shopping, eating, dancing and drinking. The main streets of Southtown are South Alamo, South St. Mary’s and South Presa Streets. If you are here on the first Friday of the month, come enjoy the First Friday Art Walk.

Parks & Recreation

Brackenridge Park– This park has it all: a zoo, a miniature train, a recently restored public golf course designed in 1916 by A.W. Tillinghast, a jogging trail, and the magnificent and unusual Japanese Tea Garden.

Kiddie Park– Roller coaster and Shamu lovers will be glad to know San Antonio is home to both Six Flags and Sea World. For something even more fun if you are visiting with small children, go to the Kiddie Park. The park was founded in 1925 and is in operation today, almost a century later.


The Fairmount Hotel– If you are looking for a place to stay downtown that is not a chain property, this redbrick Victorian, originally built for railway lodgers, is just right.

Havana Riverwalk Inn– A deal is in the works for the Havana to be re-vamped and managed by the visionary hotelier Liz Lambert and her team at Bunkhouse Management. Cross your fingers, travelers.

La Mansion del Rio– A long time special occasion hotel for a reason, romantic and well situated if you want to be close to the Downtown sights.

Noble Inns– A trio of bed and breakfast options in the King William District.


For music, club listings, and general events, consult the San Antonio Current. For comprehensive dining reviews and great journalism to boot, it does not get better than Texas Monthly. For visual arts happenings statewide, Glasstire is the website to check out. A favorite locally based art blog is Emvergeoning.

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  • great job, Amy! Don’t forget Fiesta in late April- the city parties for 10 days. Eat at any hole in the wall if you want Tex-Mex. Go to a Spurs game if you need a sports fix.

  • Really fantastic! Thx! When in S.A. I also go to Little Aussie Gluten free cafe and bakery — lucious cakes & baked goods. Proprietress is a live wire

  • When I lived in Austin I went down to San Antonio a couple times and was never that impressed (though I did find a great used bookstore, the name of which escapes me, that appeared to be inside someone’s house). Too bad I didn’t have this guide back then!

  • Oh-my-goodness! Hurray! You’ve made my day! I live in San Antonio and have always admired all these other fabulous city guides…and thought why not us? Thank you, thank you, thank you! I moved from north of Austin and hadn’t fallen in love with San Antone yet, so thanks!

  • Amazing. I just traveled there for the first time in September with the man I’m dating (San Antone born + raised). I was skeptical at first but all the Texas quirks and balmy Texas air quickly won me over. Definitely a hidden gem for those with an eye for design.

  • This is great! I’m going to visit my brother in Texas this Christmas and we will be spending a little time in San Antionio. I definitely want to check out the Pearl Brewery! Thanks!

  • What a fantastic surprise – I was totally not expecting the newest city guide to be my wonderful hometown!

    SA often plays second fiddle to hipster-centric Austin, but it’s certainly a different facet of Texas that has its own unique rhythm if you know where to look.

    I must add a couple of things to the list – Mi Tierra [restaurant] – the decor will knock your socks off, the food is even better, and mariachis wander the tables and will serenade you if you ask. And although I live in Chicago, I ask my parents to send me their pan dulce on a regular basis.

    You should also check out El Tropicano hotel – completely restored to its early 1960s glory, complete with courtesy phones in the lobby that are rotary! Apparently in the sixties, this was THE place in SA where celebrities would take their R&R. It is seriously like walking onto a movie set, circa 1964. Their front facade says it all.

    Thanks, Amy, for this fantastic guide! It makes my day!

  • Be sure and stop by Bistro Bakery on Mccullough for incredibly delicious and authentic French pastries. Also Pinkies and Meadow boutiques for women’s clothes. Yay SA!

  • Thank you so much for featuring my beautiful hometown! San An is oftentimes an overlooked gem in favor of lovely and exciting Austin, but really, there is just as much spirit, history, creativity and quirkiness in our area as there is in our northern neighbor. San Antonio has some of the best food anywhere!

  • my bf’s mother lives in san antonio and we visited on our drive across the country. i wish i had this list! we had a good time nonetheless. i work in coffee and so we are always on the search for the BEST espresso in towns we go to and i’d like to suggest olmos perk in the olmos park area (sorry i am not familiar enough to give directions from downtown). they are really nice there and have great espresso drinks. http://www.olmosperk.com/

  • Did this just happen? As a longtime DS reader, Cooper-Hewitt alumn, and SA native, I am so thrilled that our very big small town got such a great guide. The mix of cultures and serious commitment to authenticity is what brought me back to SA. Thanks, Grace and Amy!

  • Is this the Amy Estes I knew when she was a kid? and I was a much younger artist in King William (married to your dad’s compadre in construction)?Welcome back to the ‘hood! Write me!

  • This is the Amy Estes you knew Susie Monday and I will write you pronto.

    Thanks so much to everyone for all of the great comments and suggestions.
    I’m excited to have more places to check out and enjoy and share with friends and family who visit.

  • When you visit the Liberty Bar don’t forget to eat the chess pie. Also the SA public library was designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta Vilchis.

  • Oh wow! This is too cool. Thanks for putting my hometown on the design*sponge map. I live in Austin now and have really enjoyed its city guild thanks to DS!
    Along with the other great suggestions- if you stop by Adelante and the Violet Hour you must stop by Sparkles, it’s right next to V.H., and is my mom’s wonderful gift shop. Everything from Jon Hart luggage to Waterford crystal- such a cute, fun place to shop!

  • I live half my year in SA (the other in Alaska) and I was delighted to see the ever-so-chic D*S include this guide. I’ve discovered that Sa is quite the misunderstood and misrepresented city. Thanks for this! And GO SPURS GO!

  • Yaay! I grew up in San Antonio a mere 4 blocks away from the McNay. We would picnic on the museum grounds during lunch in high school. I got married at Club Giraud on the river. I’m SO excited that someone posted about SA!

    I recommend the following restaurants/locales be added:

    EZ’s – brick oven pizzas, great salads, etc.

    Cheezy Jane’s – fun diner-style restaurant with GREAT burgers and milkshakes

    Cappy’s & Cappyccino’s – next to the Twig bookstore

    Zito’s – an Italian sandwich shop on Broadway just outside of Loop 410… fantastic sandwiches

    Rosario’s – a (pretty loud) but great Mexican restaurant across the street from Jive (which I’m in love with). Anything in the area of these 2 places is FANTASTIC.

    Clothing stores:

    Kathleen Sommers – Next to LaFonda on Main… Great brands and random gifty things.

    Basically, the downtown area and just north of it (with the exception of the King William area) is about as awesome as you can get.

  • Sweet to see the city I currently live in! I moved here from Austin and have enjoyed the vibe here very much. In addition to what is mentioned: in the heart of the arts district, design/art/music lovers will enjoy: La Tuna Ice House for a picnic table beer and good food, Beethoven’s for their German beer, First Thursday art walk at Blue Star, Second Saturday art at 1906 Gallery, anything at Sala Diaz and Unit B galleries. Lunch at The Copper Kitchen and Schilo’s, Friday’s Taco Truck at ArtPace, Slab Cinema’s outdoor movies, Last Friday bike ride from the Alamo. Also check out the Missions – beautiful.

  • D*S’ers coming to SA shouldn’t miss the Gallery Shop at the art school (the Southwest School of Art & Craft) … sadly omitted from the ‘shop’ list! Dozens of the country’s best designers of contemporary jewelry, fabric, metals & more, selected by the artful eye and cool hand of Clare Watters, a local design maven herself! The gallery is located in the middle of the school’s historic campus, a downtown oasis along the riverwalk… in the same historic building as the Copper Kitchen lunch cafe (thanks, Jen!)

  • Oh now I’m homesick….
    R.G. Vintage was my favorite place to shop. It’s on Grayson st.

    thanks for making me all nostalgic! haha

  • Cathy B- Thanks so much for mentioning the Gallery Shop- it is a gem and I somehow included everything else ( definitely not intentional)about the Southwest School except for this lovely shop & the Copper Kitchen (thanks Jen K).

    On this topic, two of the many great events hosted by the Southwest School are the annual Holiday Open House in December and the Fiesta Arts Fair in April.

  • Thanks for the great tips… this is WAY more than we’ve ever found wandering through after a trip from Marfa back to Houston at Thanksgiving. It really is almost my favorite part of that trip.
    The lights on the Riverwalk are gorgeous, and we like to eat at Dolores del Rio, that quaint place on the Riverwalk with the tree growing through the wall, and the bellydancer… It’s an experience!
    Fantastic, thorough, and intriguing guide, thanks Amy.

  • Oh how I love the liberty bar. A real gem, and the pie… A truly fantastic guide to a fantastic city. Salut SA and AE!

  • Nice to see SA on DS! A few other great places Carmen de la Calle, great tapas and live music (jazz, world, flamenco). The Morracan sausage is fantastic! Also, there is a tiny vintage shop on Hildebrand called Retro Mex. Pilar is the owner and she has a great selection of vintage mexican pottery mixed with retro-modern 60’s lamps, clothing and other fun stuff! As for design, Giles Design did the Pearl Can and a lot of the Pearl Brewery signage. Check out the culinary school chandelier made out of frying pans. Thanks for posting SA!

  • I moved to SA 18 months ago, and absolutely love it here! You hit all my favorite places (Twin Sisters, La Tuna, Witte, McNay, Artpace, Bluestar, La Fonda, Green) but I have to add one: Madhatter’s Tea House and Cafe in the King William District.

  • Thank you SO much for featuring my beloved home town! There are so many amazing things to do and places to see and I’m so glad to see it on design sponge.

  • And don’t forget “Where to stay healthy” in San Antonio… in The Pearl is the really cool studio for Nia, Yoga, Pilates, African Dance, Belly Dance, Tai Chi… The Synergy Studio! Nice…

  • The Museo Alameda is not in the former theater. The Alameda Theater still stands on Houston Street and was its pending renovation was discussed in the S.A. Express News on 12/10/09.

  • Great info for SA visit, I used to go there
    several times a year, but not lately. Will start to go back for pleasure now that I am retired.

  • Great – now I am homesick. I too grew up in San Antonio and love when it gets featured like this.

    My husband and I moved back for one year for him to attend the Culinary Institute of America(CIA) in the FULL GOODs building and is one of the main reasons for the Pearl Brewery revival – Visit the Pearl Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s and you just might catch a world class chef doing a demo right next to the rest of the seller’s!

  • Wow! Can’t believe I was steered by my daughter to this incredibly wonderful site!!! I was born there and still don’t know all the cool spots for sure – this is a much needed update in my repertoire, although la fonda on main IS my earliest childhood memory!

  • San Antonio is a GREAT city-good eats, great shopping, fun sightseeing- definitely recommend it to anyone in any age group!

  • I’ve lived here all my life and was excited to see this guide. I also work in the Pearl complex and can say it has become quite the hotspot for the live/work/play environment. I have to add a couple places to eat; W.D. Deli on Broadway has an enormous selection of sandwiches and an outside patio, Chris Madrid’s on Blanco Rd. has one of the the best burgers in the city, and Demo’s greek food on St. Mary’s has affordable greek cuisine – all perfect lunch spots! You also HAVE to visit the renovated Japanese Tea Gardens near Brackenridge Park, as well as the Botanical Gardens (with the Carriage House Cafe for lunch) on Funston.

  • I would add to the list of shopping – Garcia Art Glass. They offer stunning and unique handblown custom art pieces; lamps, bowls, vases, rings – you name it! They have two locations in SA, one on the Riverwalk and one on South Alamo. Amazing products and demonstrations of art being created LIVE!

  • Your recommendation of San Antonio Walks is right on. This local was amazed by the tour. In fact, no tour I’ve taken anywhere ever encapsulated so much is so little time. The story form of telling the deepest History of Texas – via San Antonio’s, was rather unique and left even this History Teacher impressed. Thanks.

  • Since I put together this guide in 2010, there are both so many new things to discover and other listings that have sadly closed. I’m going to get to work on an update:)

  • You should definitely check out Fiddlin Frogs on I10 as well. They have such wonderful local artists and one of kind, Texas items. I love to stop by to see what they have in the store and have added online.

  • Ah, San Antonio. I am almost afraid to compliment this city because it truly is a hidden gem (unlike it’s well-known neighbor to the north: Austin). There is so much to this city underneath the surface. I’m surprised nobody mentioned The Cove…yummy organic food, great local music, beer, patio, firepit, ping pong table, laundromat, carwash. What more could you ask for?

  • Wow! Such a great post. Thanks for sharing this to us. This adds more info especially to women about their accessories. Keep posting.

  • Can’t wait to see when/if there is an update…we are considering a move there and I have to admit I squealed a bit when I saw all the wonderful things in SA!! OOOOHHHH!! Do an update!!

  • Great write up! Make sure to check out local craftsmen Bexar Goods and their airstream storefront, Outland Provision. Supporting local business helps San Antonio grow!

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