Shop Local: Your San Antonio holiday gift guide

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click to enlarge FACEBOOK / ANGELINA MATA
Facebook / Angelina Mata
Angelina Mata, fashion designer

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 / JORGE VILLAREAL
Courtesy Photo / Jorge Villareal

Three items I would love to receive from San Antonio-based artist and artisans would be:

• A portrait from Cruz Ortiz. Burnt Nopal Creative Studio, burntnopal.com.

• Two dozen custom hand-blown glasses from Justin Parr. Justin Parr, instagram.com/in_hot_water.

• Another vermeil-dipped African bead necklace from Hazel Smyth. Hazel Smyth, (210) 573-6517, hazelsmyth.com.

What’s the best locally produced gift you’ve ever received?

A sketch local artist Jorge Villarreal made from coffee and red wine. Jorge Villarreal, jorge-villarreal.com.

Why is it important for people to shop local during the holidays?

I enjoy buying local. It gives the shopper a chance to have a studio visit with the seller,
designer or artist and to create a dialogue and an understanding of how the process
for development of the product is achieved.
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