"Funky" isn't a word typically associated with hardware stores, but that's exactly how Amy and David Doyle describe Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware. Upon opening the place in 1995, the pair envisioned a one-stop hardware and home-improvement haven that shook off the sawdust and embraced the unconventional in ways that didn't include slapping googly eyes on every two-by-four. That's why the San Antonio Express-News' $hopGirl can cite a unique selection of Curly Girl wall hangings, hooded towels, and Texas cookbooks beside traditional tools and housewares sourced from Ace Hardware. An epic spread of Benjamin Moore paints and Breville kitchen products create an ocular feast for fixer-uppers as handcrafted soaps and fragrant candles ignite olfactory senses. Seasoned staffers roam the aisles, touting talents that include knife sharpening, key cutting, and lamp repair in addition to several other services.
Stocking its shelves with a wide variety of kitchen appliances, cutlery, dishware, and more, Melissa Guerra Tienda de Cocina provides guests with Latin American culinary goods in a colorful, highly perusable mercado-style venue. Customers can grace their munch mesas with a Chilean smiling-frog toothpick holder from Pomaireware ($10.95, toothpicks included), whose air-dried clay surface is polished with an agate before firing in order to silence ribbits of protest. A hand-blown etched martini/dessert glass ($24.95) enhances its contents with hand-etched details and vibrant turquoise, dark blue, and green hues (clear also available). A molcajete (Mesoamerican mortar and pestle) lends sauces a hearty flavor that steers dinner conversations toward infamous guac gourmands from the golden age of culinary exploration, such as the fabled Ponce de León. For aspiring chefs, Melissa Guerra carries various edible items, such as tamale ingredients, chilies, and sweets, and an assortment of artisan folk pieces is available for home and bodily adornment.
Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of the salty kernel-conceived treat synonymous with matinees, carnivals, and other happy times at Papa Dean's Popcorn for $20. From dill pickle to watermelon, you can choose from any of the 12 flavors available in-store or online (not all available online) in tins sized from one gallon (starting at $14.99) to 6.5 gallons (starting at $37.99).
Armoires & Accents spruces up dull spaces with its eclectic selection of home furnishings, steeped in exclusiveness and quality. Working with designers in India, Peru, and Mexico, Armoires & Accents directly imports its domicile attire, from accenting pillows, candles, and artwork to room-complementing tables and bedroom sets and wish-granting antiques. Pick up an elaborate iron candelabra ($290) for spooky, yet stylish poetry readings, or take a seat on a woven Ana Waterhyacinth chair ($178). The Indian Biedermeier side table ($280) provides a glamorous home for lamps, keys, and other traditional pocket contents, and the Abu urn ($159) makes a chic housewarming gift or statement piece.
A leading figure in both classical and klezmer music, clarinetist David Krakauer wows audiences around the globe with perfectly pitched displays of melodic mastery. Through a deft combination of traditional knowledge and stylistic innovation, Krakauer and his four-musician ensemble take listeners on an exploration over the klezmer horizon. Klezmer is a traditional Eastern European Jewish musical style that incorporates instruments such as the fiddle and accordion, and is currently experiencing a renaissance among contemporary musicians. Presented in the Barshop Center's Holzman Auditorium, the concert will provide ticketholders of all ages with a toe-tapping cultural experience, and give bored ears a break from their nonstop diet of Gregorian chants.