Got Toys brims with inimitable collectibles, specialty games, classic German-crafted baby toys, and distinct playthings for all ages. Parents can teach pintsize penny-pinchers about financial responsibility with the tin globe bank ($5.99) or contribute to a tot's burgeoning interest in 19th-century literature with a 16-piece set of XYZ Blocks ($28.99). The Beatles Anthology lunch box ($15.99) advertises its owner's taste in classic British rock, and the retro Rubik's cube ($11.99) beckons inquisitive minds of every generation to solve its timeless puzzle with skillful twists or frustrated tears. Amateur prop masters can marvel at the luminescent splendor of a Special F/X Saber ($14.99), and troubled superheroes will always know when your refrigerator's filled with leftover turkey thanks to an iconic Batman-signal magnet ($4.50).
At Pepper’s School of Music and Art the sounds of tomorrow’s rock stars, drumline leaders, and designated National Anthem singers mingle with the chatter of artists perfecting their crafts. Founders Ashleigh and Barrett Pepper preside over lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals, working with a team of caring instructors. They'll typically start with the basics of instrumental technique before teaching students how easy it is to read music, play by ear, or perform their favorite song. In art lessons and meetups, pupils as young as 4 learn to work with paint and other media. The classes are open to adults as well, so the school occasionally hosts BYOB painting sessions."
On March 29, 2011, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman preceded his concert at the Lila Cockrell Theater with a Q&A session at Antonio Strad Violin. One of many other classical music stars to visit the store, Perlman's appearance reinforced Antonio Strad's status as one of Texas's preeminent stringed-instrument retailers.
The store stocks violins, violas, cellos, and basses, many hand-made. Alongside those instruments, Antonio Strad showcases essential accessories, such as shoulder rests, music stands, strings, and Vivaldi's powdered wig. Besides selling and renting their collection, Antonio Strad has an in-house team who are experts at repairing malfunctioning instruments and restoring older pieces, and a team of professional instructors, some of whom are professional symphony musicians, who help players refine their skills during private lessons.
Together, Redbone's instructors have more than 6,435 years of instruction experience; that's more than six lifetimes rocking, jamming, making splendid sounds, and busting blistering solos. Cliff Wright teaches guitar along with Greg Norris, who played on the Grammy-nominated album World Jazz by Lara & Reyes and conducts jazz clinics and master classes at many San Antonio–area high schools. Brazilian-born piano savant Nayara Megarity teaches scales, octaves, and chords, specializing in music's empathic intensity.