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.
The floral artists at The Rustic Courtyard skillfully combine fresh flowers into wondrous bouquets and arrangements, conveying sentiments for any occasion. An expansive array of flowers clamors for browsers' attentions, hoping for a chance within a bouquet's spotlight so they can fulfill their dreams of modeling for a calendar photo. Shoppers can stuff a vase or basket with an artful arrangement of seasonally blooming flora ($30) with the help of a seasoned spray arranger, or prepare to ace a first date or job interview with a dozen roses ($55).
Sorella’s brightens dull closets and dwellings with scores of vibrant tops, sparkly jewelry, and unique bath soaps and candles. Accent ensembles with whimsical rings and pairs of earrings (most under $12) that infuse looks with juicy splashes of color, or swing a pink-pelted, animal-print tote bag (starting at less than $20) to summon wild sides and lawsuits. Shoppers feel like kids again when swathing their skin with Canus Goat’s Milk Skin Care Products (less than $11) and grazing on the salivary scents of vanilla and black cherry emanating from Morenci candles ($13). For gifting without indigestion, browse collections of wind chimes (less than $20) that allow nature to conduct its own summer symphony during lazy evenings of back-porch tea sipping. In addition to its accessories, Sorella’s welcomes lacy new arrivals every week, including halters, tank tops, and T-shirts ($25+).
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.