Just across Main Street from San Antonio College, this independent music store offers everything a music lover with eclectic taste could want. A San Antonio tradition for 20 years, it attracts a young crowd of customers from the college in addition to being the ultimate shopping destination for teenage hard rock and metal fans. If you can't find the CD or record that you desire, don't worry, because the store can do special orders and searches for hard-to-find artists and albums.
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.
For comic books new and old, there is no finer place to look than this Medical Center shop. Stocked with a wide variety of classic comics and the latest offerings, it also carries a large selection of role-playing games, toys, models, cards, novels and videos. Japanese anime is a hot item, as are the latest collectibles related to the most popular movies and games. Drop by and use the game rooms for a match of your favorite board game or browse through the comics to find the Superman that will complete your collection.
This bookstore offers high-quality books for the discerning reader. As an independent bookseller, it specializes in books from local authors and carries an awesome inventory of Texana books and regional literature. Frequent book signings and dedicated customer service make this book store one of the most pleasant destinations for the book-lover. Special orders are available and expert advice from the staff will help you choose the perfect book.
Shop for secondhand books at reasonable prices at Nine Lives Books. Feel free to browse the shelves and take a seat on one of several cozy chairs to go over your selections before you walk up to the register. If you have gently used books, bring them in to sell and use the money towards an exciting new literary adventure. Their collection spans the most popular genres, so you're likely to find something you can't live without.
The Alley on Bitters has housed San Antonio's most unique collection of locally-owned and operated specialty stores for more than 35 years. What began as a place for artists to showcase and sell their work has turned into a popular contemporary retail center. The center has several shops, restaurants, salons, and a yoga studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you need an extra-special gift for yourself or someone you love, you are sure to find it in this exquisite store. Stroll through the selection of fine antiques, beautiful estate jewelry, hard-to-find collectible items and fine art pieces and you'll feel as though you have entered another world. You'll find collectible pieces by Meissen, Continental, Dreseden and Halcyon circa the 18th century, just to mention a few. Not only that, the estate jewelry collection will take your breath away. Stop by this store or visit the downtown store located in the famous Menger Hotel for a pleasant shopping experience.