City Guide 2013
Published: February 28, 2013
1432 S St. Mary's
A Wall o' Whimsy decked with vintage trims, antique dolls, and ethnic giftables ($3-$50) welcomes visitors to Found, arguably the most eclectic shop in La Villita. The handiwork of co-owners Laura Pitt and Patricia Jane Fugitt goes beyond their own assemblages and creations (including Fiesta medals issued by The Order of Adornment and The Order of La Villita) to play out in thoughtful juxtapositions pairing artwork (including photographs by Barbara Riley, block prints by Deborah Mersky, and glass pieces by Lynda Jones) and objects collected from estate sales, flea markets, and auctions. A former boarding house that was later incorporated into the Joy Kist Candy Company complex, the 19th-century structure offers a historic throwback with creaky pine floors, caliche block walls, and an antique farmhouse vibe complete with a resident tabby named Cutie.
418 Villita, Ste. 2400
(210) 224-2484, foundart24.com
Olmos Park's Period Modern aims to be "at once worldly and San Antonio," and passes with flying colors. A visit to the onetime feed store can easily turn into a crash course in anything from Italy's 1980s-era Memphis Group (imagine a "shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price") to the role oil man Edgar B. Davis played in the evolution of art in the Alamo City in the 1920s. Playing on the strengths of co-owners Stephen Wilson and Ted Allen, the gallery-like shop presents mid-century furniture and objects in impeccably curated vignettes enhanced with artwork spanning early Texas, folk, modern, and contemporary. Among the more fascinating pieces found on our visit was a Porfirio Salinas mural of a bullfighter ($20,000) that once adorned the Fort Sam Houston Officers Club but was later discovered boarding up the window of a private home.
4335 McCullough, (210) 259-3234, periodmodern.com
Family heirlooms, mid-century collectibles, and unusual treasures scooped up in Austin and the Hill Country come together in curious arrangements at Rene's Antiques, a small Midtown shop opened in July of 2012. Attentive customer service, plenty of parking out back, and Texas-friendly touches like complimentary wine on weekends are among the perks that make browsing owner Rene Villegas' ever-changing mix of vintage furniture, fixtures, accessories, artwork, religious statues, tchotchkes, and baubles a no-brainer after breakfast at neighboring Blanco Cafe. On a recent visit, Rene's eccentric temptations included antique flashcards ($2 each), a double-sided U.S. Army recruiting sign from 1959 ($850), a weathered Dr. Pepper clock ($45), and a pair of brass Hollywood Regency peacock tables ($650).
1810 & 1812 Blanco
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