"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.
Since 1995, John and his staff of landscaping and masonry professionals have enriched gardens and patios across San Antonio with custom-designed flagstone work and adroitly trimmed plants and trees. The team employs no subcontractors or salespeople, ensuring that contact with their staff remains direct and unmediated by middlemen or monkeys in the middle. Outdoor lighting installation illuminates skillfully designed decks, and landscaping services help keep the view from the patio scenic all year.
All three stores serve platters of furniture and home accents in an assortment of colors, textures, and designs. House outfitters can use Furnish 123's Create Your Own Space online service to see how the furniture might look at home or inside a private jet. For under $200, the three-piece table sets include clean lines and the classic dark wood of the Ripley collection or the softer curve of the Aspen collection. Three-piece bedroom sets keep sleeping a realistic goal and include a headboard, dresser, and mirror. Living rooms can be accessorized with bookcases ($199), recliners ($299), and more than 40 sofas ($399) plus a host of colorful, decorative pillows that are not filled with batteries.
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.
ARTS San Antonio, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring a diverse, globally significant realm of performing arts to the children and grownups of the San Antonio community. Performances take place in venues throughout the city, ranging from the Lila Cockrell Theatre and the Majestic Theatre to the San Antonio River and El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel. Recent artists who've paid a visit to San Antonio through ARTS San Antonio include Anthony Bourdain, the Shaolin Warriors, William Shatner, and Mejia Ballet International.
Clear Lake Restoration Plus cleans and polishes stone floors of all kinds throughout Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. Trained technicians help repair, preserve, and shine up stone floors made of granite, limestone, and travertine, as well as keep stone patios and pool floors free from mildew and debris. Clear Lake staffers also clean hardwood floors, tile, and carpets, and imbue interior walls with coats of fresh, vibrant paint.