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City Guide 2014

6 Eclectic Shopping Spots in ’09 and Beyond

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Lion & Eagle

Housed in a former apartment complex outfitted with Murphy beds and steam heat, Lion & Eagle is the only place in town you’ll find a sign designating a “Curbside Lamp Drop-off.” Established in 1972, the store deals in 18th- and 19th-century European furnishings and doubles as a lamp repair service. When asked to identify a few noteworthy pieces, owner Billy Gardner pointed out a bronze chandelier with alabaster bobesches ($4,685), a 19th-century bookcase ($16,000) and an English mahogany partners desk adorned with lions’ heads ($25,000). Gardner said a portion of the inventory comes from his customers downsizing. For all your fixtures on the fritz, Lion & Eagle charges between $15 and $30 for basic repairs, from $28 to $53 to rewire a chandelier and also offers cleaning, delivery and installation. 3511 Broadway, (210) 826-3483.

Second Looks

Since opening in 1981 in the quietly cool structure that’s now home to H-E-B #1 (nostalgic ’09ers still call it Handy Andy), Second Looks has established itself as San Antonio’s oldest men’s consignment store. Stylishly appointed with vintage accents, luggage and taxidermy, the shop (now situated in Carousel Court) has a clubby, old-school appeal that’s reflected in the tidy racks of tailored suits, preppy oxfords and creased slacks. Though it’s an established destination for emergency suiting on the fly ($125-$225), Second Looks also stocks an ever-evolving selection of cowboy boots (often encompassing both $70 Justins and $295 Luccheses), bow ties ($18-$25) and suspenders ($14.50-$25). As for those gently worn Polo shirts hiding in your closet, this is the spot to cash them in. 1804 Nacogdoches, (210) 826-6121, secondlooksformen.com.

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