The team behind Shutter-Happy snaps memorable portraits against unique backdrops scattered within and around a vintage 1920s farmhouse. Before two-dimensional images take shape, Studio manager Emily Christian guides clients through the portrait process, assisting with clothing coordination and scheduling. During the portrait session, photographer Amy Anderson draws on seven years of experience as she artfully lights and poses children and families amid fairyland mushrooms, a rustic barn, and piles of old-fashioned shoulder pads. Guests are welcome to enjoy complimentary soda, water, and cookies between poses. Rather than keeping a set schedule, Shutter-Happy's staffers work seven days a week to accommodate clients. They also participate in local events such as the Outdoor Family Fair and support community organizations including the Boerne Education Foundation—efforts for which Lindsey Toth, the team's third member and marketing director, is responsible.
The technicians at Lone Star Automotive and Diesel Service keep cars and trucks running smoothly. The team's services—which range from simple tire rotations to modern computer diagnostics—keep vehicles covered from bumper to bumper, giving owners a go-to resource when automotive troubles arise.
Inside Finck's Cigar Factory Outlet stores, neat rows of premium smoking goods line the state’s largest walk-in cigar humidors. An expansive layout of more than 1,200 square feet welcomes cigar aficionados seeking an even more expansive selection of puffing materials. Popular brands including Arturo Fuente, Padron, Oliva, and Ashton dot the shelves, alongside in-store brands boasting robust flavor and value. In addition to congratulatory smoking logs, Finck’s accessorizes fumitory habits with humidors, cutters, lighters, and ashtrays. An array of pipes, snuffs, and chewing tobacco ensures that cigar-loving guests will have ample room to test various rolled beauties inside the smoking room, where complimentary newspapers, Wi-Fi, and coffee fit nicely alongside comfy leather furniture.
The fourth annual Pumpkin Patch San Antonio celebrates the advent of fall with harvest-themed entertainment, running Friday through Sunday for the entire month of October near Sea World. Traditional hayrides stir the senses with the scent of fresh straw as a seemingly endless plot of pumpkins waits to be turned into fresh pies, pancakes, and sweet bread. While at the festival, kids can ride ponies, pet small farm animals, or defy gravity in the inflatable bounce house and slide.
For more than 60 years, this family-owned fabric shop has supplied locals with a variety of colorful textiles, quality crafting supplies, and handy services. The 1,000-square-foot store is filled with a maze of 2,000 bolts of fabric, which shoppers navigate as they stroke smooth satin and pet animal-print velour. Cotton fabrics and blends come in solid hues and peppy patterns, which range from stripes and floral prints to more novel options such as holiday- and Texas-themed yardage. An assortment of sewing supplies and notions stocks the sewing boxes of beginner and experienced seamstresses, and other craft supplies include yarns by Lion Brand, Bernat, and Red Heart. Many of the handy staffers can help customers with fussy projects, such as screenprinting, framing, and cross-stitching one's tax forms.
A potpourri of flower arrangements and interior decorations elicit cheery exclamations, which drift to the ears of patrons crowded before The Owl's Nest’s café-style lunch fare. Customers gather personalized bouquets or test out sweet-scented jar candles by burning floppy discs from estranged computers in them beneath the cubist spread of the shop’s array of frames. Against the baritone burble of cauldrons of soup, custom T-shirts definitively end debates about who is the greatest grandpa. Boutique apparel from designers such as Bella Taylor informs the world of the wearer's fashion sense, and ornaments and home accents from lines such as Willow Tree beg to add endearing flourishes to domiciles.