Best Of 2021

Best Furniture Store

Winner: The Rustic Modern Boutique

555 W. Bitters Road, Suite 103

(210) 272-0084

therusticmodernboutique.com

Don't tell the Internet, but controversial Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines didn't invent the "modern farmhouse" aesthetic — they just champion it on a grand scale. While Forbes and other media outlets have reported that the style has fallen sharply out of favor in big-city design circles, it's perhaps more of a lifestyle than a fleeting trend in our neck of the woods. Distinguished by distressed wooden furniture, repurposed salvage, ranch-ready decor and signs of the "Live, Laugh, Love" variety, this lived-in look is on full display at the year-old Rustic Modern Boutique. Situated in the Alley on Bitters, the family-owned outpost goes beyond rustic furnishings with a playful mix of kitchenware, soy candles, handbags and jewelry. And for the DIYers looking to breathe new life into an old accent, look no further than the shop's assortment of chalk-style paints.

2. Period Modern

4347 McCullough Ave.

(210) 902-1217

periodmodern.com

3. San Antonio Furniture Finders

1805 Blanco Road

(210) 803-1900

safurniturefinders.com

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Winner: Adult Megaplex

Multiple locations

megaplexsa.com

2. Love Shack Boutique

1580 Babcock Road

(210) 767-9411

theloveshackboutique.com

3. Sexology Institute

707 S. St. Mary's St.

(210) 487-0371

sexologyinstitute.com

Winner: Alamo Antique Mall

125 Broadway

(210) 224-4354

alamoantiquemall.com

2. Karolina's Antiques

1705 Blanco Road

(210) 731-9787

karolinasantiques.com

3. Armadillo Antiques N More

7243 Blanco Road

(210) 236-5340

armadilloantiquestx.com

Winner: Bike World

Multiple locations

bikeworld.com

2. Bicycle Heaven

Multiple locations

bicycle-heaven.com

3. Crossroad Bikes

14510 NW Military Highway

(210) 492-7677

crossroadbikes.com

Winner: Half Price Books

Multiple locations

hpb.com

2. The Twig

306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106

(210) 826-6411

thetwig.com

3. Nowhere Bookshop

5154 Broadway

(210) 640-7260

nowherebookshop.com

Winner: Ancira Enterprises

Multiple locations

ancira.com

2. Gunn Honda

14610 I-10 West

(210) 775-1663

gunnhonda.com

3. Red McCombs Ford

8333 W. I-10 West

(210) 996-2678

saford.com

Winner: DAB House of Hemp

105 Warren St.

houseofhemp.square.site

2. Alamo Botanicals

19141 Stone Oak Parkway #301

(210) 444- 9026

alamobotanicals.com

3. Wellness Wagon by CBD Relief

11627 Bandera Road

(210) 366-4380

cbdrelief.care/wellness-wagon-by-cbd-relief

Winner: Broadway Pinups

3615 Broadway

(210) 824-1415

broadwaypinups.com

This cozy shop squeezed into central San Antonio is a can't-miss stop for any fashion-forward — or backward — resident or visitor. Since its 2014 opening, Broadway Pinups has offered inclusive sizing in its unique assortment of vintage-inspired pinup dresses, skirts, shoes and more. With new items coming in every week and a welcoming staff that's happy to help in the search for the perfect find, it's understandable why readers trust Broadway Pinups to keep them in style.

2. Grey Moon Vintage

2202 Broadway

greymoon.online

3. Eye Candy Boutique

2003 S. Zarzamora St., Unit 1101 (By appointment only)

(210) 363-3572

heyeyecandy.com

Winner: Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy — Alamo Ranch

5511 W. Loop 1604 N., Suite 111

(210) 647-6119

dlair.net/alamoranch

2. Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy — Medical Center

7959 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 129

(210) 615-1229

dlair.net/medicalcenter

3. Knight Watch Games

16350 Blanco Road #116

(210) 888-1051

knightwatchgames.com

Winner: Bee's Wellness Cafe

3030 Thousand Oaks Drive, Suite 102

(210) 836-8141

beeswellnesscafe.com

You may have heard of a little product called CBD that's become quite popular with San Antonio residents. You may have even heard of CBD's close friend Delta 8, which is really popular here. Apparently, Current readers trust Bee's Wellness Café when it comes to both. You could say the dispensary, run by the appropriately named Blazey Bee, has generated quite a buzz. Originally scheduled to open right as COVID hit, Bee's began operation in June of last year and has been a hit since, perhaps due to the owner's commitment to CBD research and education. Or maybe the variety of products just sell themselves. Or maybe it's the cozy-but-professional vibe, a serious cut above the dingy gas stations and other retail spots that have jumped on the CBD bandwagon.

2. DAB House of Hemp

105 Warren St.

houseofhemp.square.site

3. Drop of Sunshine

722 W. Craig Place

(310) 600-2403

thedropofsunshine.com