If you are looking for the perfect Saturday afternoon activity, I have a great suggestion! This past weekend my friend Alethea and I decided to check out the SoFlo Market on South Flores Street in downtown San Antonio. Described on their website as Local.Handmade.Vintage., this market features unique and handmade treasures created by local artisans. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I liked the concept, but didn’t know what the quality of the items being sold would be like. However, the minute we walked through the doors of the 10,000 square foot warehouse, I was impressed! From the very first booth I saw, to my first purchase, these artists and their work were cute and high quality. Plus I will always stand behind buying local!
Since it was the day before Valentine’s Day the theme centered around the holiday. Most of the artists had something related to the day of love.
The first person I talked to was Stephanie Frost with the Princess & the Monkey, a home decor line that she sells on Etsy. Stephanie was very sweet and said she left her career path to pursue her passion. She was selling these super cute painted mason jars and I bought 3! I’m excited to display flowers in them in my house. Alethea picked up the most vintage chic tray made out of wood for her kitchen. I am definitely holding onto Stephanie’s card for future home purchases or even wedding shower gifts! She’s got some great wreaths on her site as well.
My next purchase came from Shawn Corder with Get Bent Metal Works. His booth had the most activity and it was obvious why! His art is super unique and fun. I didn’t have a Valentine’s Day gift yet for my husband and since he loves art, and owning things no one else has, I thought he would like this awesome robot safe! Along with a Security lock figure for his office, the gift was a hit! You really need to check out Shawn’s website for a one of a kind present.
Tineke Kasch, Fashion Consultant with LuLaRoe, had a booth set up selling the softest leggings ever with really fun designs! I didn’t buy a pair that day but I’m definitely going to. I was impressed with their size range starting with kid’s sizes and going up to a Women’s size 3XL.
We had a lot of fun with Leslie Cox, owner of The Pooch House, a mobile pet boutique. She had her two dogs with her who acted as sizing models for us. Alethea bought her pooch Oscar a cute little bowtie to attach to his collar and these ultra adorable Sugar Skull pajamas. Leslie’s business offers hand-tailored pet couture as well as exclusive pet items such as premium pet toys, treats, harnesses, leashes, and grooming products. My dog Nittany will be getting some pajamas soon as well! And don’t forget the Market is dog friendly also.
Three other vendors we really enjoyed talking to were Karma Candle Makers, who make premium handcrafted soy wax candles, A Tiny Little Triangle, selling jewelry, art and home decor and Nuluv Goat Milk Products selling body butter, lotion and lip balm. I also looked up Sifts and Giggles on Instagram and they have the most impressive page! I will be ordering their cookies for future parties or showers for sure!
There were even two stations set up to take pictures and selfies. This beautiful handmade flower paper wall was made by Forever Petals By Vee. Alethea and I rarely get a picture together so this was really fun! There was also a balloon heart shaped station set up for pictures.
The SoFlo Market was born from the vision of Ruth Guajardo and Yolanda Reyes and inspired by their passion and love for the arts and artisan community. The two friends came together to provide their fellow crafters and artists a platform to showcase their handmade creations.
The Market is open every Second Saturday from 10-4 at 1344 S. Flores. You can also enjoy live entertainment and cuisine from various Food Trucks. To read more, click here. Mark your calendar for MARCH 12tb, the next time SoFlo Market will be be open for business.
Before we made our way to the Market, we chose to have lunch right across the street, at The Frutería Botanero by Chef Johnny Hernandez. This fun and colorful restaurant was inspired by Mexico’s fruit stands.
During the day the menu features fresh fruit cups, licuados (smoothies), torts and tostadas. At night the space is transformed into a Botanero with a menu of Mexican tapas or small plates of botanas or antojitos, ranging from nuts, guacamoles, stuffed peppers to bite-size tostadas or chilapitas. In case you don’t know (I didn’t) a Mexican Botanero is a casual space where people gather after work to get botana-style Mexican tapas and cocktails.
Speaking of cocktails, even though it was noon, I asked our waiter what drink they were best known for. He said Los Pepinos Vodka Margarita (Muddled cucumbers with Los Pepinos infusion, shaken with fresh lime juice). Oh my gosh was it GOOD! Like my new favorite drink good.
For food we ordered their chips and salsa, the chips being more like potato chips. We also split the Chilaquiles con pollo and Huevos Motuleños. The meals were delicious and presented differently than normal.
After the Market I popped in one more time for a refreshing Aguas Frescas drink. They had several fruit options to choose from.
Looking at their dinner menu, I just can’t wait to come back. The Fruteria is a fabulous addition to downtown San Antonio! Paired with the SoFlo Market it’s a winning combination.
Living with soul,