LeVu Boutique boasts a mélange of garments and accessories to drape shoppers in trendy gear. An ever-shifting inventory sports new arrivals every one to two weeks, ensuring that clotheshorses' wardrobes stay fresh and closets keep that new price tag smell. Skirts and dresses ($29–$45) adorn torsos, and a medley of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces (starting at $13) lend shine to extremities. Fashion-forward femmes can cinch their waists with stylish belts (starting at $10) or raid cookies from the top of the refrigerator in a pair of high heels ($20–$45) from LeVu's collection.
JoJo Boutique stocks its airy interior with designer looks for discerning male and female style stalkers. Delve into the ever-evolving racks of graphic T-shirts and dresses ($15–$200), or tuck legs or stray golf clubs into a pair of JoJo's jeans, available in a variety of washes and dual-gendered styles ($45–$175). Vibrantly patterned skirts and tops by Donna Ricco flatter birds of all feathers, and one-shouldered styles by Brokedown help feed swagger-hungry closets. Slip discerning concrete cruisers into kaleidoscopic heels and flats ($50–$300), mixing and matching the bold shoes with the city-chic flair of Hazel and Anama garb. In addition to outfitting burgeoning style stars in its many street-savvy items, JoJo's fashion mavens host in-store runway events to help you piece together an urban-inspired look without picking the collective brain of skyscrapers.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Hanley-Wood's original San Antonio store has outfitted homes and equipped newlyweds for 45 years, and the newer Corpus Christi location has been following suit since 2005. The shop boasts a high-end inventory filled with myriad baby gifts, bar necessities, frames, plenty of wedding-appropriate presents, and more. Supply yourself with items such as a silver Texas-shaped bread tray ($34.99)—perfect for serving up longhorn-shaped croissants—or a pierced glass pitcher ($45) from Lenox, whose handle is actually just a hole, and whose spout is actually just a deeper hole. See the online store for limitless gifting ideas.
The friendly trendsetters at Sashay Boutique outfit fashion-forward shoppers with sophisticated threads and stylish accessories that combine southern, East Coast, and West Coast influences. Customers can dazzle lookers-on in a hot-pink off-the-shoulder mini drape dress ($40), whose sumptuous, shoulder-baring cut allows ample landing for remote-controlled helicopters. The loose, crocheted squares of the deep-blue-and-purple webbed scarf in indigo ($30) keep necks cozy year-round. Fingers take center stage with a royal-blue stone ring, whose decorative gold wire wraps a uniquely cut stone in a bejeweled bear hug ($12.95). In the bright, modern boutique, jewelry dangles from tall displays, shoes stand on pale wooden platforms waiting for athletic shoppers to long-jump into them with both feet, and eclectic clothing tempts customers from racks lining the pale-yellow walls. Patrons can consult friendly staff for style advice or enjoy a glass of wine or champagne while browsing and gazing out the store's floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow nearby mannequins to get their daily dose of vitamin D.
For more than 60 years, The Blossom Shop Florist has intricately arranged flowers, plants, and fruit baskets. The large selection of fresh and tropical flowers can be mixed and matched to create a floral display appropriate for special occasions, including birthdays, Valentine's Day, weddings, funerals, and monster-truck rallies. Peace lilies ($65), azalea baskets ($40), and a variety of mixed bouquets ($85+) are appropriate for everyday occasions; a dozen roses ($95) expresse love and two-dozen roses ($165) expresses even more love. In addition to flowers, fruit baskets are also available, such as the fruit-and-blooms basket, a mix of fresh seasonal fruit and a blooming azalea ($85), and the gourmet-and-fruit basket, which contains fresh fruit and a spread of epicurean edibles ($65).