Andrea Vocab Sanderson, City of San Antonio Poet Laureate 2020-2023
What two or three San Antonio-made items would you love to receive as holiday gifts this year and why?
Courtesy Photo / Napp2reality
Nancy Scaife-Mullens [of Napp2reality] — one of her amazing clutches or purses. Napp2reality, napp2reality.com.
HerStory Boutique. I just got a chocolate maxi sweater from [Kenyada Bell] at an event the other night. I would love to have more of her clothing. HerStory Boutique, 1010 S. Flores St., Suite 108, (210) 504-7449, herstyletherapy.org.
Jewelry from Say That Accessories. Naomi Williams — her copper pieces are amazing. Say That Accessories, (414) 502-7209, facebook.com/SayThatAccessories.
What’s the best locally produced gift you’ve ever received?
I won an Arts and Letters Award last year from Friends of San Antonio Public Library and was given some Mission candles. This year I finally met Marcie Anguiano, who owns the store. Mission Crafts Chandlery, 2915 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 865-2471, missionchandlery.com.
Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?
Courtesy Photo / Mission Crafts Chandlery
The women and men that own their own businesses, whom I know, create from a place of passion are definitely supporting their family with their craft. Their work is fresh, original and unique. You deserve something authentic that has a story behind it that you can retell to others when they compliment you on your amazing taste.