Fiesta on Main
Alegres has been a staple in San Antonio since 1971. You can easily find the store thanks to its colorful window displays and gorgeous glass chandeliers peeking through the windows. Once inside, you’ll be entranced by Oaxacan wood carvings, Talavera, tile, and metalwork, as well as paintings, paper maché masks and more. To further immerse yourself in hand-crafted treasures from Mexico, San Angel Folk Art is an overwhelming stop that will leave you wondering how they’ve managed to fit so much color and beauty into one space. Nestled in the Blue Star Arts Complex along the Mission Reach of the River Walk, San Angel Folk Art is a gallery of finds that will leave you feeling transported to Mexico. The collection is so rich and varied that PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” likes to stop in to see what they might discover, while a conversation with the knowledgeable staff is like a mini-class on Mexican art. The gallery is known for its comprehensive collection, with something for seemingly everyone. Whether you want to take home a simple tin ornament, a fantastically carved nativity, textiles that tell stories in every stitch or a contemporary mosaic comprised of linoleum tiles that have to be seen to be believed, San Angel will leave you inspired and educated as you add a new treasure to your collection. And if you love guayaberas a traditional shirt), the ones you’ll find at San Angel are so fantastic that customers come from Mexico to add them to their wardrobe. Following the river back downtown, Casa Salazar adds color to Houston Street with its Mexican pewter pieces, including serving dishes, spice jars, lamps, and candle holders. With collections focused on home décor, the shop features an array of items to add a Mexican influence to any room. Pieces include mirrors crafted with ornate wooden frames, as well as 26 RIO Magazine
handcrafted metal work. For a unique find, explore Casa Salazar’s Talavera selection that includes Talavera chandeliers handcrafted from pitchers and cups. One glance at these treasures created entirely by hand leaves no doubt that the craftspeople behind the work are true artisans. Casa Salazar also offers an array of Milagros on ornament crosses, boxes, candle holders and more. The store carries an extensive individual Milagros charms, allowing you to make artful miracles of your own. But with San Antonio’s rich array of Mexican art finds, you won’t need a miracle to take home a piece you’ll treasure for years to come. WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys finding new discoveries and revisiting old favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
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