Look behind the blooms of A Rey of Flowers and you'll find Rey Rodriguez—a nationally certified florist with more than 25 years of experience. When he's not competing for the Texas Cup or supporting Battle ALS with Flowers, he's readying delivery orders at either of his two locations. He and his staff combine roses and lilies into vibrant bouquets for weddings, birthdays, and more. The staff also scatters their shops with gift ideas, and can even whip up homemade treats with some advanced notice.
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.
The petal whisperers at Flowers by Jeni craft artful floral arrangements and thoughtful gifts for all occasions. Skilled florists hand select fresh buds from weekly shipments of local flowers, as well as exotic ecuadorian roses, holland peonies, and cuban sandwiches. Bask in a radiant bouquet with the Sunny Sunflower arrangement ($37.95+), or illuminate interiors with the pastel petals of the best-selling Pretty Please, brimming with white daisies, Monte Cassino asters, sprigs of limonium, and fragrant linoleum ($34.95+). Edible gifts include a delectable fruit basket ($42.95+), while eyes can feast on cornucopias such as the Violets & Butterflies basket ($32.95+). Each arrangement can be customized with mylar balloons ($4.99+), stuffed animals ($9.99+), or scrumptious chocolates ($9.99+).
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Since 1928, the snooze gurus at NB Mattress have dispensed cozy, reliable, and sleep-inducing mattresses to ship slumberers off on voyages into dreamland. NB Mattress carries bed softeners produced by premier brands such as Sealy, Simmons, and Tempur-Pedic, each worthy of a full night's sleep, a post-lunch nap, or a ride down the stairs with a terrified pet. NB Mattress' prices begin at $199 for twin sets, $299 for full sets, $319 for queen sets, and $459 for king sets. Customers can pop into one of NB Mattress' showrooms to appraise the comfort, durability, and jumpability of the mattresses on display, many of which are in stock and ready to start a new life with a loving set of pajamas.
Even the best chefs have to get their start somewhere, and that somewhere is often a burger joint. This is certainly true of five-time James Beard nominee Bruce Auden. The profile in the San Antonio Express-News traces his meteoric rise from flipping burgers at a cabana to apprenticing under Guy Petit to earning Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chef title in 1988. Since then, Auden has continued to hone his culinary innovation, first at his award-winning restaurant Biga and now at Auden's Kitchen.
Auden’s Kitchen retains a local focus and serves creatively redesigned comfort food. There's buttermilk fried chicken with lemon-pepper marinade, and burgers with dijon aioli and applewood bacon. Pizzas come with house-pulled mozzarella and the hot kiss of a wood-burning oven, which also prepares salmon and whole-roasted trout. In addition to these classics, the seasonal menu saves space for a number of more lavish entrees, such as duck confit blanketed with cherry-zinfandel barbecue sauce. Diners have more than 75 wines to choose from, as well as bar offerings such as martinis and imported beer.
The dining room’s laid-back decor invites guests to relax, rather than worry about whether they’re combing their hair with the right salad fork. Wine bottles and copper pots cluster on shelves lining the dining-room walls, and diners can see right into the kitchen over a stainless-steel countertop shaded by a bevy of frying pans.