Best Of 2022

Best Plant Nursery

Winner: Rainbow Gardens

Multiple locations

rainbowgardens.biz

This family business started in 1976, before big-box home improvement retailers supplanted San Antonio's many nurseries and garden centers. This favored flora retailer has continued to thrive since then by providing high levels of service at its two locations in Northwest and Northeast San Antonio. To that end, Rainbow Gardens puts on numerous educational events and seminars throughout the year and even has a kids' garden club to keep the little ones involved. The centers' big inventory and gorgeous garden displays make for an enjoyable stroll while shopping.

2. Shades of Green

334 W. Sunset Road

(210) 824-3772

shadesofgreensa.com

3. Milberger's Landscaping and Nursery

3920 N. Loop 1604 East

(210) 497-3760

milbergernursery.com

Shopping

Chiquitas, 209 6th St. Artist: Connie Chapa

The Winner: Sexology Institute

707 S. St. Mary's St.

(210) 487-0371

sexologyinstitute.com

Some folks might read this category and muse, "Porn stores? Isn't it free online?" But that's not what our winner is all about. The Sexology Institute takes the "Institute" part of its name seriously, providing services such as counseling, seminars and workshops intended to spice up love lives. The retail and education spot also operates as an "all-inclusive space, open to all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and body sizes." This is 2022, and statements of equality are essential. In addition to offering a variety of apparel and toys, the Sexology Institute also is available to facilitate gatherings ranging from bachelorette parties to lunches to book clubs. So, feel free to use your imagination. Imagination is a key part of good sex, after all.

2. Adult Megaplex

Multiple locations

megaplexsa.com

3. Love Shack Boutique

1580 Babcock Road

(210) 767-9411

theloveshackboutique.com

Winner: Karolina's Antiques

1709 Blanco Road

(210) 731-9787

karolinasantiques.com

2. Gifts from the Attic

Victoria's Black Swan Inn

1006 Holbrook Road

(210) 596-0862

giftsfromtheattic.org

3. Armadillo Antiques N More

7243 Blanco Road

(210) 236-5340

armadilloantiquestx.com

Winner: Eagle's Nest of San Antonio — The Healing Arts Festival & Market

1235 Basse Road

(210) 669-7127

facebook.com/thehealingartsfestivalandmarket

2. Black Swan Market Days

Victoria's Black Swan Inn

1006 Holbrook Road

(210) 323-8424

victoriasblackswaninn.com

3. SoFlo Market

1344 S. Flores St.

(210) 379-4638

facebook.com/soflomarket

Winner: Bike World

Multiple locations

bikeworld.com

2. Pedal Guerrero

3700 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 101

(210) 314-1955

pedalguerrero.com

3. Bicycle Heaven

Multiple locations

bicycle-heaven.com

Winner: Half Price Books

Multiple locations

hpb.com

2. The Twig Book Shop

306 Pearl Parkway, Unit 106

(210) 826-6411

thetwig.com

3. Nine Lives Books

7959 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 119

(210) 647-5656

ninelivesbooks.com

Winner: Jordan Ford

13010 I-35 North

(210) 653-3673

jordanford.net

2. Cavender Chevrolet

30700 I-10 West, Boerne

(210) 721-6692

cavenderchevrolet.com

3. North Star Dodge

7242 San Pedro Ave.

(210) 361-9086

northstardodge.net

The Winner: Bee's Wellness Cafe

3030 Thousand Oaks Drive, Suite 102

(210) 836-8141

beeswellnesscafe.com

This establishment is owned and operated by one Blazey Bee, who goes by Brook Richie in the real world. The alliterative nickname seems to fit since some customers likely analogize her product to honey, that sweetest of nectars. After all, Ms. Bee has put plenty of effort into making her CBD and smoke shop among the most hospitable in San Antonio. Sure, Bee's Wellness Café carries Delta-8 products, which offer a legal high. But the store's focus is on the medicinal use of CBD — the non-psychoactive element of marijuana — which has aided the proprietor with back pain, high blood pressure and a tremor.

2. Cloud Craft Vape+Smoke

15139 Bulverde Road #101

(210) 951-8273

facebook.com/cloudcraftsa

3. CBD Relief

11627 Bandera Road

(210) 366-4380

cbdrelief.care

Winner: Bambino's

4940 Broadway St., Suite 120

(210) 824-7676

bambinosboutique.com

2. Crib & Kids

1309 N. Loop 410 West #106

(210) 764-2742

cribandkids.com

3. Nursery Couture

434 N. Loop 1604 #1104

(210) 494-2627

nurserycouture.com

Winner: Grey Moon Vintage

The Shops at Broadway News

2202 Broadway

greymoon.online

In six short years, married duo Natalie Medina and Colin Bass have turned their sustainable small business Grey Moon Vintage into a must-stop shop for Alamo City nostalgics. Initially an Instagram e-tailer that gave way to a pop-up in a shipping container, Grey Moon is now housed in a lovingly refurbished 1969 Avion Travelcade trailer parked at the Shops at Broadway News. In keeping with its online roots, the compact shop on wheels posts regular merchandise updates, notifying its 10,000-plus Instagram followers about arrivals spanning from well-worn vintage tees and denim cutoffs to enamel pins and '60s-era bowling shirts. Beyond the pre-loved duds, Grey Moon — a repeat winner in this category — also stocks contemporary giftables including branded totes and stickers, crystals, incense and handcrafted jewelry.

2. Eye Candy Boutique

Gardens at San Juan Square

2003 S. Zarzamora St., Unit 1101

(210) 363-3572

heyeyecandy.com

3. Bella & Co. Boutique

10203 Culebra Road #8

bellacoboutique.com