Shop Local: Your San Antonio holiday gift guide

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click to enlarge FRANCISCO CORTES
Francisco Cortes
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?

click to enlarge COURTESY PHOTO / NAPP2REALITY
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.

click to enlarge COURTESY PHOTO / MISSION CRAFTS CHANDLERY
Courtesy Photo / Mission Crafts Chandlery
Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?

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. 
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